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Application for Microbrewery passes at Regina City Council

Regina's Heritage neighbourhood could soon see its first microbrewery.

Malty National Brewery to set up space in Heritage neighbourhood

An artist's drawing of the proposed microbrewery. (Malty National Brewing Corp.)

Regina's Heritage neighbourhood could soon see its first micro brewery now that council has unanimously approved it.

Malty National, a local brewing company, applied for zoning approval to take over a currently vacant building at 1130 15th Ave., south of the downtown.

Patricia Alary, who is opposed to the proposal, was expected to speak to city council Monday evening, but did not attend.

"This isn't a good area to have a brewery, because it would be so close to two high schools and [an] elementary school," Alary said in her written submission. "It doesn't matter if they ask for ID, kids find ways."

At council this evening, Adam Smith, co-founder of Malty National Brewery, addressed some of Alary's concerns. He said he is a longterm resident of the Heritage neighbourhood, adding he is not interested in owning or operating a bar. 

Under the proposed plan, the company would convert the existing building into a 1,600-square foot microbrewery. The company says it will also operate a coffee bar during daytime hours, but it won't serve alcohol there. 

A petition was set up by several individuals citing concern about the brewery being built in the neighbourhood. It cited possible issues with smells from the brewing process as well as attracting a criminal element to the area.

Alary said the community also does not want the extra noise and traffic that the brewery will attract. 

"This is not a good proposal for the community environment," she said. "We already have a high degree of incidents in our area and we are trying to keep safe."

Malty National Brewery said their site on 15th Avenue will be a place where people can purchase premium beer and refill their glass containers, also known as growlers. 

The Heritage Community Association, and many of the neighbours, have expressed support for the microbrewery. 

"This is the kind of economic development we want to see in the Heritage neighbourhood," the community association's executive director Kathleen Wilson said.

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