A local brewing company officially purchased its new location from the city Thursday night. The Brewing Projekt will be making a short move across the street. The move is expected to make a big impact on the city.
Fox’s Brooke Schweitzer’s is live with more on how the company’s expansion will kickstart the revival of a downtown neighborhood
“Ha-ha it’s exciting, I think that it’s a diamond in the rough for sure.”
When you walk into 1807 N. Oxford Avenue you’ll see a dark warehouse with broken windows and some out-of-date infrastructure
“We’re going to take something old and make it something pretty cool.”
“They used cork, so this is natural cork, like what a wine cork is made out of and they have about 6 inches of it on the wall, so kind of neat but not very usable for us.”
But for William Glass — the president of The Brewing Projekt — he’s got an entirely new vision for the space.
“So, this space is going to be the tap room, from the wall over here all the way over is going to be the tap room.”
A place to expand his growing company. But this move across the street didn’t come with ease. After a year and a half negotiation process with the Eau Claire Redevelopment Authority, Glass was finally able to close on the purchase of this new location.
“It will give him the chance to really start fulfilling his dream of turning that building into a really nice brewery.”
But that’s not the only thing the city is seeing from the move.
“The Brewing Projekt’s new location will be in the cannery district, a neighborhood with not a lot of life right now, but the city is optimistic it will kickstart it’s revitalization.”
“A brewery is a good draw. It has a strong following, so it will kind of kick-start the efforts that we’re trying to do.”
Something Glass looks forward to being a part of.
“We are very excited about the potential of what’s going to happen down in the cannery district Now we will kind of help to guide it along the way and kind of turn it into something really cool.”
All starting with signing on the dotted line.
“This building is in need of repair and now that we own it we can finally start doing it.”