Matthews commissioners have amended the town’s ordinance to allow the distilling or manufacturing of alcohol and alcoholic beverages in all industrial districts in town.Certain restrictions apply, however: The distilling facility cannot be larger than 3,000 square feet. It also must be at least 500 feet from residentially zoned property, and the distilling process can’t produce any noxious smells. Several months ago, commissioners passed another text amendment clarifying where microbreweries and similar establishments that brew and serve beer can be located. In other business, commissioners:• Approved $60,000 for Phase IV of the Wayfinding Project that will redesign the two entrances to the Matthews Farmers’ Market.The new design will include brick columns with fences, a new sign clearly identifying the unique character of the Farmers’ Market and landscaping.• Approved $2,500 for a grant facade for 157 N. Trade St.• Approved a $371,800 paving contract with Blythe Construction to pave the roads in the Sardis Mill and Coachman Ridge subdivisions.
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013
Town refines distillery law
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