- Associated Press - Sunday, May 29, 2016

HASTINGS, Neb. (AP) - Construction will begin soon to transform a 109-year-old former brewery in Hastings into housing.

The Hastings Brewery Building will be converted into 35 apartments called Brewery Lofts, according to the Hastings Tribune (https://bit.ly/1OW6x5W ). The work is part of an $8 million project that also includes the construction of senior housing in an adjacent empty lot.

The Hastings Planning Commission has recommended approval of the proposal.

Community Redevelopment Authority executive director Randy Chick said the project will meet a need for downtown housing.

“I think it helps retain younger people who want that kind of style, potentially even empty nesters who may not want to deal with the yards and that kind of stuff anymore,” Chick said. “They’re about two blocks from our core area. So it’s pretty easy to walk to the different restaurants and shops and entertainment venues we have downtown. It’s great to have people living right there, spending some of their dollars downtown rather than driving somewhere else.”

Cohen-Esrey Affordable Partners of Mission, Kansas, is developing the project, which will make use of historic tax credits.

The brick brewery is known for its large smokestack, which will be retained.

The brewery began operation as a brewery in 1908, producing beers such as Prairie Pride Beer and Personal Liberty Brew. That stopped with the passage of prohibition in Adams County in May 1917. It was then used to manufacture ice cream and non-intoxicating drinks, but that effort failed and the plant went idle in 1919.

It was later used as a food distribution site and then as cold storage and offices.


Information from: Hastings Tribune, https://www.hastingstribune.com

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