Brewery coming to downtown Woodstock
by Megan Thornton
mthornton@cherokeetribune.com
January 20, 2013 12:25 AM | 6877 views | 8 8 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
WOODSTOCK — After shifting its sights from Canton, Reformation Brewery may now have the benefits it wanted to relocate to the downtown Woodstock area.

The Woodstock Downtown Development Authority unanimously voted to approve incorporating 500 Arnold Mill Way into the DDA boundaries at its Thursday meeting.

Brad Nix, a representative for the brewery, made a presentation to the board focusing on the concept of the brewery, adding it could initially bring five to eight new jobs to the area and potentially 40 new jobs in the long-term.

Nix said he planned to fund a portion of the business through a state-endorsed loan fund, which requires the property to be located within the DDA’s boundaries.

Also, City Manager Jeff Moon informed the board that the position of Director of Economic Development, recently vacated by Billy Peppers, has been posted and he plans to begin interviews the last week in January.

He added the position of Community Development Director, previously held by Richard McLeod, has been filled and a formal announcement of the new director will be made Tuesday.

In other business, the board voted for its 2013 officers. All unanimously approved, Jimmy Long was voted chairman, Perry Tanner was voted vice chairman and Bill Raike was voted treasurer.

Hot Dog Heaven was also unanimously approved for a façade grant for a total of $3,297.82 and a presentation by Neel Sengupta, manager of Freight Kitchen & Tap, was heard by the board.

Sengupta said he is in the process of updating his original application after an initial proposal was not agreed upon by the building’s owners.

Additonally, the board unanimously voted to allocated more funds to repair the entire kitchen floor of the Magnolia Thomas House for $9,480.

The board voted to go into executive session to discuss real estate but no action was taken upon their return.

Due to inclement weather, the board agreed to move staff reports to the February meeting.

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Cherokee Citizen
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January 24, 2013
Wow! Sorry to see all this is taking place. No wonder we drive to Woodstock for our shopping, dining and entertainment. Shame on the city council and Hobgood.
WoodyTim
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January 22, 2013
Are you kidding me? My taxes are going to pay for the improvements to these private businesses?

What a joke.
Bill Hagen
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January 22, 2013
Another loss for Canton. Reformation would have been a awesome addition to the downtown area.. Why do politicians n Canton dislike entrprenuers who are willing to use thier own money to start a busness?
Old Joe
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January 21, 2013
Bill Bryan, you are now irrelevant. Peace out.
CantonDoesItAgain
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January 20, 2013
Once again, the archaic policies and childish behavior that runs Canton has driven away more developement and jobs. This brewery would have been a major attraction to downtown. Being a Canton native, I'm sorry to hear they are relocating.
Bill Bryan
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January 21, 2013
So we have a mayor with a $64,000 secretary who doesn't type, is not required to keep a time sheet, and whose position is proven to be completely redundant and unnecessary. Mayor Hobgood is so desperate to keep his "personal assistant" on the payroll that he hired Roy Barnes to threaten the council with personal liability lawsuits if we don't let him keep her. Is the Council supposed to just look the other way? The mayor is vigorously opposing responsible expansion of the Fire Department via Taxpayer approved bonds. Are we supposed to just give up or should we fight for what's right? In spite of a lack of leadership at the top, we do recognize the need for a coherent economic development program and are working diligently towards that goal; in spite of the fact that the mayor stubbornly wants to keep "his" Main Street Director under his thumb contrary to practices in ALL other Main St. programs statewide. If you want to discover the source of the disfunction, start with a close look at the top.
Laurel Canyon
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January 21, 2013
Once again, Mr. Bryan, you are changing the subject. Forget your petty, personal battles with the Mayor and rise to the occasion. With a continued lack of vision, divisive leadership and absence of a sound, strategic plan to move the city forward, an economic development position is doomed to fail. The job of an economic development director is to "sell" the mayor and council's vision for the city, not create said vision. As for the Main Street program, I applaud their accomplishments to date. Why does it matter who the program reports to if it is generating results? The only reason it matters and the only reason the mayor's assistant was tied to the fire referendum was for retaliation. These issues are unrelated, and your bullying and harassment is growing tiresome. Give us a break. By the way, who "types" anymore? That statement alone is evidence of bygone logic.
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