Monday, March 27, 2017

Brewpub part of latest Troy warehouse renovation project

A brewpub and apartments are targeted for this former paint factory.

Another brewpub is in the works as part of a multi-use renovation of yet one more former warehouse in Troy, a city known for such conversions and for a growing number of such drinking establishments.

This one is located in the North Central neighborhood at 669 River Street, on the north side of the street between Middleburgh and North streets. If all goes well with the estimated $2 million project -- still in the conceptual stage, but expected to also include 13 apartments and/or offices on the upper floors -- it will join the neighboring The Hangar On the Hudson event and concert space and The Ale House as part of an embryonic entertainment neighborhood.

But, even if all the necessary permitting goes through quickly, don't get ready to drop in for a cold one anytime soon. The company that handled the sale of the 30,000-square-foot brick structure advertised it as "without heat, electric, plumbing and in need of serious repair and rehabilitation. It is not a property for an inexperienced builder/developer/users." At one time, the building was home to the William Connors Paint Manufacturing Co.

The city's Zoning Board recently approved an application from a Cohoes business entity called 669 River Street LLC for a major variance for parking. And, the full project is on the Planning Board's Wednesday agenda. The LLC is a partnership of Mike Phinney and John Haynes, who are partners in The Local Pub and Teahouse in Saratoga Springs, and Brian McCandless.

The Planning Commission meets at 6 p.m. this Wednesday in the fifth-floor City Council Chambers in City Hall, 433 River Street.

• Go here to visit the Capital Region Brew Trail
• Go here to visit Dowd On Drinks
• Go here to visit Dowd's New York Wines Notebook

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