Follow-up story https://blnnews.com/2020/06/19/brewery-from-the-possible-owner/
By: Diane Benjamin
Last night I met with the group of citizens opposed to allowing a micro-brewery at the location below in One Normal Plaza. I also drove through the area and took a lot of pictures. Contrary to what the Town believes, Marc Tiritilli is not leading this group. He attended the meeting but citizens led the discussion.
First a map, the property is just east of Beech St:
E Lincoln and Cole St are both narrow roads, they aren’t made for large vehicle traffic.
Below is the site of the proposed micro-brewery. The building already contains a swimming pool where lessons are given to kids. The taller section is a gymnasium that would be converted. This picture was taken from the parking lot of the baseball-football field.
This sign is located in front of the parking lot of the field. NO ALCOHOL is allowed in the park, the brewery would be serving it across the street:
The Activities Center is at the top of the Circle Dr:
Mulberry School is across from the proposed site:
The field directly south:
The Town owned parking lot is used by the Activities Center, Happy Splashes, and the people using the field. There is very limited parking attached to the field. There is no place for large truck traffic.
On the north side of the parking is another school, the play equipment is visible from the proposed site:
This area feels like a park, it is a place meant for kids. The proposed site does need someone to love it as much as many of the other historic buildings in the area. However, it is difficult to see how manufacturing alcohol is the “right fit”.
We don’t have a lot of details, but the residents believe alcohol would be served on site. They also believe shipping at least 75% of what is produced would happen. That would mean truck traffic in an area that wasn’t made for it.
There are lots of empty buildings around Bloomington-Normal. A better location should be easy to find.
Instead of a micro-brewery the Town should be forcing Nick Africano to work on the building he was paid to fix up or tear down: