Commission reverses course on brewpub plan change

Panel OKs amendment after earlier decision was overruled by council
Ozaukee Press staff

An amended site plan for the Inventors Brewpub on Port Washington’s north slip previously rejected by the Plan Commission was approved by the panel last week.

Approval of the amended site plan, which shows the brewpub built to the lot lines, was given with little discussion.

Inventors owner Adam Draeger said the building was always intended to extend to the lot lines, saying the space is needed to accommodate the structure, which will contain a 10-barrel craft brewpub, 250-seat event space with another 100 seats on a mezzanine, bride and groom rooms and 8,500-square-feet of offices.

However, the plans submitted for approval earlier this year left a 5-foot no-build easement on the west side of the property and a 28-foot setback on the southwest corner intact, something commission members wanted to see retained because it would make the adjoining public walkway more inviting.

But the Common Council didn’t see it that way, and in March aldermen overruled the commission, allowing the brewpub to build to the lot lines.

The handicapped ramps and steps on the south side of the building and overhangs above the windows on the north and south sides extend into or over the walkway, and they will require a license agreement, Bob Harris, the city’s director of planning and development, said.

Similar agreements have been reached with other restaurants and eateries throughout the downtown, Harris said.


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