- Associated Press - Monday, June 1, 2015

WATERLOO, Iowa (AP) - Supporters are putting a little sweat behind their effort to draw attention to the proposed transformation of a former Wonder Bread bakery in Waterloo into a production brewery.

More than 100 people biked on Sunday from Waterloo to Cedar Falls, where Single Speed Brewing is based, KCRG-TV (http://bit.ly/1I1LDmX ) reported. They hope their ride will help compel Waterloo city officials to approve the brewery’s plans to renovate the former bakery, which closed in 2012.

“It’s just an effort to show that there’s wide based community support for this effort to have Single Speed expand into the bakery and grow our economic development opportunities,” said Friend of Waterloo Wonder Bread Building volunteer David Deeds.

The brewery’s owner has said he’d like to build a production brewery, dining hall and retail space inside the old bakery, with the hope of eventually bringing between 70 and 100 new jobs. Brewery staff said they’re currently developing the project to bring forward to the city council in the coming weeks.

Still, nothing is set in stone as the city said it also has discussed other plans for the space.

Deeds said the bakery is an important part of Waterloo history. He said a lot of residents “remember the smell of baking bread,” and that with the brewery, they could possibly enjoy a cold glass of beer instead.

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Information from: KCRG-TV, http://www.kcrg.com

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