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In Brief: City Commission Gives Green Light to Rail District Brewery

In front of a packed house and despite several complaints from residents, the City Commission approved plans for the Griffin Claw Brewing Company on Eton Street.

Monday was a long and busy night for the Birmingham City Commission, but after three hours of discussion, presentations and public comments, commissioners approved the final site plans and special land use permit for the Griffin Claw Brewing Company for 563 and 575 Eton St.

The restaurant will be owned and operated by Norman LaPage, who currently owns Birmingham's and , both of which are located down the street from the proposed lot next to the .

The lot is currently empty except for a small building on the north corner, which will be torn down to make way for the nearly 12,000 square-foot brewery, restaurant and beer garden. There will be a parking lot in the back of the restaurant with more than 95 spaces, with an entrance off the nearby Palmer Street.

Despite both times the project came before that body, the project still ran up against strong opposition in the neighboring residential community. Jana Ecker said the city received four letters in opposition to the plan before Monday night's meeting, as well as a petition against it with 39 signatures.

Many of those in opposition came out to speak Monday, with many residents concerned with a potential increase in noise, excessive light invading the surrounding neighborhoods, late hours and the potential for more traffic.

However, Ecker noted the city received 11 letters in support of the plan, and several residents and members of the Birmingham business community urged the commission to approve the plan.

"The property now is empty and an eyesore," said Frank Carnovale, of Carnovale Associates Incorporated. "This is a tremendous opportunity for the city of Birmingham."

Stay tuned to Patch for more on the Griffin Claw Brewing Company coming to Birmingham.

ClassAct4 December 13, 2011 at 04:09 PM
I look forward to the opening of Griffin Claw Brewery. We enjoy the Frankenmuth Brewery and New Holland Brewery, both of which peacefully coexist with their resedential neighbors. This will be an excellent addition to the Rail District, and a very walkable destination. It will bring employment and tax revenue to the city as well.
AdGenie October 24, 2012 at 09:21 PM
I am assuming you do not live in the rail district. peacefully exist as the cars fly up and down our 25 mph street going upwards of 45 and 50 while our kids play and our pets try not to get hit.

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