Update: Good news today, folks. Lakewood has given unanimous approval for the plans for Birdtown Brewery & Pizzeria to go forward. Via Cleveland.com:
The planning commission Thursday night gave unanimous approval for developers to move forward with plans to turn a former Birdtown neighborhood church into a brewery and restaurant.
Developers Tom Leneghan, Sean Fairbairn and Jake Hawley said following the vote they plan to purchase the property this month, begin construction this fall, and open the Birdtown Brewery by summer 2015.
Rumor has it that a new brewery may be landing in the Birdtown neighborhood. Residents got to hear some of the concrete details about the potential new project at a city meeting earlier this evening.
Tonight, representatives from the city of Lakewood and the Barrio Restaurant Group (Tom Leneghan and Sean Fairbairn) laid out some preliminary plans to the community for Birdtown Brewery & Pizzeria, a tentatively titled project that's in the very early stage of conception and approval. The group has the former St. Gregory the Theologian Byzantine Catholic Church (2035 Quail St.,Lakewood) under a letter of intent. The 10,000 square foot building would house a restaurant and a small brewery operation.
The brew house would be one of the smallest in the region with only a three and half barrel system. "Our plan is to create a neighborhood and boutique-driven brewery that is all about Lakewood pride," says Fairbairn. For now, much is up in the air, but the group is thinking food will be focused on pizza, should the sale and approvals all go through.
The next steps for the proposed project include a Lakewood city planning commission meeting set for May, followed by another community meeting.