Grey Sail Brewing plan gets positive recommendation from planning board

Grey Sail Brewing plan gets positive recommendation from planning board

The Westerly Sun

WESTERLY — The Planning Board issued a unanimous positive advisory opinion Tuesday on Grey Sail Brewing of Rhode Island’s plan to establish a tasting room in the house next door to its Canal Street brewing facility.

The recommendation on the company’s request for a change of use of the property at 65 Canal St. will be transmitted to the Zoning Board of Review.

Jennifer Brinton, who owns Grey Sail Brewing with her husband Alan, explained the company’s plans to move tastings, which currently occur in the main brewing building at 63 Canal St. to the house next door and to move office activities to the second floor of the house. The company also owns the house, on the other side of the main building, at 69 Canal St.

By moving the tastings, which occur Wednesday through Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m., the company will gain space to increase brewing capacity. An additional expansion is envisioned for the future, Brinton has said.

The tasting room is intended to function as a marketing tool to generate interest in the company’s products and other breweries in the area. It also works as a feeder to other local restaurants and attractions, Brinton said.

Board member Daniel Joubert Jr. asked Brinton to obtain a letter indicating the sewer system can handle any increase in wastewater generated by the proposal. Brinton agreed to obtain a letter, but said the proposal is not anticipated to increase wastewater.

Board member Jack Armstrong praised Brinton, saying the business plays the role of “ambassador at a gateway to the town.”

The Canal Street location, Brinton said, is “a perfect place for a brewery to call home.”

If approved the proposal will lead to the addition of two to three new jobs, Brinton said.

Jack Felber, board chairman, recused from discussion and vote saying he does business with the company.

In other business, the board unanimously approved the North End Social Club’s plans to move from 49 Pierce St. to 47 Pierce St. John Colao, the club’s treasurer, said the private members only club has about 100 members.

The application now moves to the Zoning Board of Review, which will consider requests for a special use permit and a variance from parking requirements, which require 17 spaces. The special use permit is required for social clubs that serve alcohol in the neighborhood business zone. The proposed new location has 10 parking spaces.

The club was first established in 1947 by relatives of William Nardone, the lawyer currently representing the club.

The board also conducted it annual election of officers. Felber was re-elected as chairman, David Panciera will continue to serve as vice chairman, and Robert Clark was re-elected as secretary.


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