City Approves Red Dragon Brewery Special Use Permit

by | Jan 17, 2016 | Business

By Susan Larson. Red Dragon Brewery logo provided by the owners.

Red Dragon Brewery is a step closer to opening in Fredericksburg.

City Council approved a special use permit for the sale of alcohol at 1419 Princess Anne St. by a vote of 6 to 1 during its January 12, 2016, regular session.

Fredericksburg natives Thomas Evans and Danial Baker have signed a lease for a 4,000 square foot portion of an industrial building at that location, which is zoned commercial/transitional office. “Microbrewery is not a permitted use in the zoning district, however, on-premises alcohol sales are permitted by special use permit,” said Zoning Administrator Mike Craig.

Councilman Chuck Frye (Ward 4) voted against the measure, citing residents’ “valid” concerns for the neighborhood, which includes single family homes, duplexes and apartments. These concerns include alcohol sales in a residential area, traffic, noise and parking. A request was made to designate Pitt Street residential parking only.

“I support your vision, but not the location and the proximity to the homes and what they’ll have to deal with,” Frye told the applicants before the vote.

Council passed the special use permit, subject to the following conditions:

1 – The on-premises retail sale and service of alcoholic beverages is limited to those brewed on–premises, and the use shall be conducted in conformity with the conditions of the ABC industry brewery license.

2 – The hours of service to the public for this special use shall be limited to the following:
a. Monday through Thursday, 4 – 9 p.m.
b. Friday, 4 – 10 p.m.
c. Saturday, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
d. Sunday, 12 – 6 p.m.

3 – This special use shall be conducted indoors. No outdoor service is authorized.

4 – The landowner or ABC licensee shall provide on-site parking in general conformance with Figure 5-1, “Parking Spaces on Princess Anne Street for Red Dragon Brewery,” included in the October 21, 2015, application for a special use permit.

5 – The use shall commence within 24 months of the date of adoption of this resolution.

6 – The use is permitted only so long as it continues and is not discontinued for more than 24 months.

“It is the goal of the brewery to protect the character of the historic area while providing a venue within the urban center for tourists, visitors, and residents to enjoy,” Evans told Fredericksburg.Today. Evans and Baker hope to open Red Dragon Brewery by July 1, 2016.

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