Motorworks Brewing owners Frank and Denise Tschida are thinking big: a brewery that could produce up to 65,000 barrels of beer a year and seat 100 people indoors, a tasting room and an outdoor beer garden and stage.
As he pitched city leaders on his plans Wednesday, Frank Tschida also talked about the promise of beer and liquor distributors visiting by the busload every month.
But first, the Tschidas must get the doors open at 1014 9th St. W., in a 23,000-square foot building that was once home to a Hudson car dealership and Consolidated Electric Lighting.
And to make that possible, the City Council on Wednesday granted a zoning change to light manufacturing.
Citing the new Bradenton Riverwalk, renovated McKechnie Field a few blocks away and nearby parking garage, Denise Tschida told council members that the 1928 building is ideal for their business.
Director of Planning and Community Development Timothy Polk recommended the council approve the project with stipulations, such as noise levels, specific hours of service and deliveries, and easement and maintenance considerations at the 10th Avenue West and 10th Street intersection.
There was no opposition. Several people at the meeting referred to the brewery as a new anchor for the northeast corner of Village of the Arts.
“It is welcome to the community; there are nothing but positives,” said Bryan Morris, a landscape designer whose property adjoins the planned brewery.
“I see potential for growth,” said Jack Sullivan, president of Blues Revue Magazine, which has headquarters in Village of the Arts.
Manatee County economic development officials said that the brewery would add 30 new jobs and generate a $1.8 million economic impact during the next five years.
The only concerns raised were about traffic, and Councilman Patrick Roff said the state Department of Transportation is addressing concerns about pedestrians crossing busy roads.