SARATOGA SPRINGS — The Martell Brothers Brew Pub project did not get the hoped for approvals from the City Planning Board this week, but eventual brewmaster George de Piro says the group should be back in front of the board for a vote later this month.
One of the major roadblocks is the need for approval from the New York State Historic Preservation Office, which has until November 11 to offer comments on the proposal that lies in a national historic district. In addition, the city engineer and Department of Public Works have requested more detailed technical information on the proposal’s storm water management systems. The proposal is for a 60-by-48-foot structure 100 feet off Broadway in a niche between the Saratoga Shoe Depot and a mixed-use building that has new Swedish Hill Winery tasting room on the ground floor. Beer will be made on-site weekly and sold in the brew pub.
“The Planning Board really likes the way we have amended the project to assuage the concerns of the board and our neighbors,” Di Piro said, “but couldn’t vote because they hadn’t heard back from the State Historic Preservation Office. We now have a letter from SHPO stating that they aren’t going to comment on the project, so we are very optimistic that we will get approval at the November 9 meeting.”
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