Dayton-based Warped Wing plans to move its distribution center to a $3 million, 20,000-square-foot building in the new development at Springboro’s central crossroads.
The Warped Wing Brewing Company Barrel Room & Smokery is to be the first business opening in the Wright Station development at Ohio 741 and Ohio 73, Main Street and Central Avenue in Springboro.
The facility is to include a large taproom, outdoor biergarten, 400-barrel aging space, taproom, eatery, “test-pilot” brewery, as well as special-event space, canning, packaging and distribution.
“All our raw materials and finished goods will be rolling out of the Springboro location,” John Haggery, partner and brew master, said Friday at Warped Wing in Dayton.
The new Warped Wing location is to open as early as next spring, Mills Development president Jerad Barnett said Friday at the Dayton location.
Wright Station is being developed by a partnership between the Springboro government and Mills Development.
On Thursday, the city council approved an amendment to the 99-year “forever” ground lease with Mills. That reduced by three-quarters the amount Mills will pay the city to lease land beneath the “non-retail” portion of the facility for the first 10 years.
This lease rate is to increase 5 percent every five years.
Shackelford said the discounted rate is expected to apply to about 16,000 square feet of the facility and calculate to a $600 a month and $7,200 a year reduction.
At Thursday’s meeting, Shackelford and Law Director Alan Schaeffer said the change was necessary to recognize the difference in value for the warehouse-distribution part of Warped Wing’s building. The original lease didn’t anticipate this type of use, Schaeffer said.
“We couldn’t have asked for a better first retail user to announce than Warped Wing Brewing Company. They are a fantastic local operator with a proven product and growing fan base, exactly the recipe we are looking for at Wright Station,” Barnett said in a press release Friday.
Despite the investment in Springboro, Nick Bowman, Warped Wing co-founder and vice president of sales and marketing, said the owners “are absolutely committed to our production brewery and taproom” in downtown Dayton.
“We love being a part of the downtown Dayton community,” Bowman said. “Springboro gives us the opportunity to expand our barrel-aged program and incorporate a pilot system to experiment.”
In Springboro, “the scale of the new facility and the pilot system will give us endless opportunities to experiment with new styles and flavor profiles,” Bowman said in a press release.
In the Springboro restaurant, smoked meat and smoked food items are to feature Warped Wing beers as ingredients. “Other beverages available will be hard cider, wine as well as a limited spirits menu focused on specialty cocktails, as well as non-alcoholic options,” according to the release.
Anchored by the Springboro Performing Arts Center, the 6-are development is to include restaurants, retail shops, office and other entertainment spaces in a pedestrian-friendly setting.
The arts center will be home to the newly renamed Springboro Community Theatre in September 2020.
The new Warped Wing is to be built just off Ohio 73, where the Center Stage Academy of the Arts is still located, Mills officials said.
The dance academy, theatre group and Springboro Chamber of Commerce are to move into the performing arts center.
Officials said the Warped Wing project grew out of talks begun a year ago after Mills purchased the RMS building in Dayton.
“We forged a relationship,” Barnett said.
Bowman said Warped Wing picked Springboro for the new facility because it was “pro-business and supportive.”
“That’s why we made the decision to move our distribution business out of Dayton and into Springboro,” Bowman said.
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