Applicant pulls plug on proposed Grass Valley brewery | TheUnion.com

Applicant pulls plug on proposed Grass Valley brewery

Teresa Yinmeng Liu
Staff Writer

The applicant of a proposed brewery at a business park in Grass Valley’s Whispering Pines Corporate Community has confirmed with The Union that he is not moving forward with the project.

“I’m dropping the purchase on that property, I’m not pursuing that at all,” said David Krikorian, who owns Deo Volente Vineyards in Grass Valley.

The 10,000-square-foot, two-story brewery was proposed to be built between Idaho Maryland Road and Whispering Pines Lane. The project faced controversy involving the necessary zoning changes for the brewery to be built in the proposed location.

A local citizens group named Citizens Advocating Responsible Development served the city with a lawsuit in June questioning officials’ decision to allow additional manufacturing uses in the Whispering Pines business park.

Krikorian said he decided to withdraw his application due to the complications engendered by the lawsuit and the zoning changes. He is still interested in opening a brewery in Grass Valley and is looking at other properties.

“If something comes up, I’ll still pursue another piece of property, but I will not be pursuing that one at all, period,” he stated.

Daniel Ketcham, a member of Citizens Advocating Responsible Development, said group members were not opposed to the brewery, but they questioned the city’s approval process that expanded allowable uses in the business park without “sufficient consideration of reasonably anticipated impacts.”

“This is coupled with the assertion by city planning staff that they ‘can self-mitigate’ any proposed uses therein (meaning within Whispering Pines Corporate Park), when in fact we have ample evidence of their clear inability to both properly mitigate and approve or disapprove allowable uses within the park,” wrote Ketcham in an email to The Union.

Group members describe themselves as concerned local citizens living in and around Grass Valley. They argued that the new uses would instigate significant impacts, such as noise, odors, and pollution, to the offices in the business park and the adjacent neighborhoods.

The group has continued to pursue the litigation with the city and is undergoing settlement talks, Ketcham said. He is not at liberty to reveal the details because of a confidentiality agreement between the parties involved.

The abrupt end of Krikorian’s proposed project does not mean that beer-lovers in Grass Valley looking for a hangout spot should lose hope, however.

According to Grass Valley Community Development Director Tom Last, inquiries have been made as to the permits and procedures involved in opening a brewery in town.

“There are a couple of different people who are looking at different properties in the city for a potential brewery,” Last said.

He did not reveal the names of the interested parties, citing the absence of a formal application.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please email tliu@theunion.com, or call 530-477-4236.


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