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Proposed microbrewery on Second Ave. gets initial nod from Tampa council

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Published:   |   Updated: October 3, 2013 at 03:24 PM

TAMPA — Owners of Coppertail Brewing Co. are planning to open a microbrewery in a former Hellman’s Mayonaise warehouse on 2nd Avenue.

Tampa City Council recently gave initial approval to the project. A final vote on the establishment, at 2601 E. 2nd Ave., is scheduled Oct. 17.

Owners Bailey Investment Holdings are seeking an alcohol beverage license to sell beer and wine on-site and also sell package beer and wine for take away. The brewery, a tasting room and gift shops would cover about 34,000 square feet of indoor space.

In addition, outdoor space of about 32,000 square feet would be wet-zoned for beer and wine sales.

The hope in the first year of operation is to produce beer and wine for on-site sales but also to begin supplying local grocery stores, restaurants and bars, said co-owner Kent Bailey. Coppertail is still developing its line of beers, according to the company’s website.

City Councilwoman Lisa Montelione raised questions about truck traffic that would exit onto Adamo Drive and intersect with a proposed greenway on Adamo that would be built on city right-of-way.

“I’m assuming people would be walking or biking or what not across there right at the greenway,” she said. “So, they’ll be going east and west and semis north and south and at some point they will intersect. I’m hoping they don’t intersect with pedestrians or bicycles.”

Attorney John Grandoff, who represents the owners, said negotiations to build the greenway were under way with city officials. Any agreement on the greenway, which is not part of the brewery’s property, would have to be approved by council, he said.

A limited number of trucks would exit onto Adamo; more would exit onto 2nd Avenue.

“It’s not going to be a thoroughfare. They’ll be exiting fairly slowly and we’ll provide warning,” Grandoff said. Signs could be one measure to ensure public safety, he said.

Montelione suggested a gate might work to slow trucks as they approached Adamo.

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