Powell's Planning and Zoning Commission overwhelmingly approved plans for a new craft brewery despite one member's concerns about safety conditions near the site.
The board Dec. 13 voted 6-1 to approve a certificate of appropriateness for Nocterra Brewing Co.'s proposal to renovate a former furniture and decor store at 41 Depot St.
The company plans to use the revamped building, which housed the Collection until a 2014 fire forced the business to move, as a brewery and taproom that seats 72 customers.
The brewery's plan also calls for the construction of a 1,350-square-foot addition, which will be used to store brewing equipment and grain.
The addition will sit on the west side of the building, alongside a prefabricated walk-in cooler.
Shawn Boysko said safety concerns led him to vote against "a great redevelopment of an existing property."
He said he worries adding a destination business to the site could create dangerous conditions on the narrow Depot Street and similar nearby roadways.
"Unless there are improvements to these streets, I think that it creates a dangerous situation," he said.
Boysko said the lack of sidewalks on Depot Street and surrounding roads also concerned him.
Rocky Kambo, a planner with the city's development department, said city officials recognize the need to improve Depot Street, as well as nearby Case Avenue and Scioto Street. Still, he said he does not think that should hold up the brewery project.
"We can't put that on the shoulder of the applicant," he said. "That's something the city needs to provide."
Kambo said the brewery would bring in new tax revenue and could attract other businesses to downtown Powell.
He said Nocterra's economic benefit to the city could help hasten road improvements in the surrounding area.
Boysko's fellow planning commission members were roundly supportive of the project.
"I do think it's the best possible use for the facility," board member Shaun Simpson said.