- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

GARDINER, Maine (AP) - Plans to open a hard cider brewery in a former Gardiner church have been approved by the City Council, and now it’s up to the Planning Board to grant final approval.

The proposal from Lost Orchard Brewing Co. is the first to use a new zoning policy passed in June to encourage the reuse of older, nonresidential buildings in residential neighborhoods.

The Planning Board approved use of the former Gardiner Congregational Church in July, but the city attorney advised that the board needs to approve the plan again now that council has changed zoning.

City Manager Scott Morelli tells the Kennebec Journal (https://bit.ly/X5EEE7 ) he anticipates the board will approve the proposal again.

The applicant, David Boucher, says he hopes to have his product in stores by year’s end.


Information from: Kennebec Journal, https://www.kjonline.com/

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