A new microbrewery is the first commercial tenant to sign on for the long-awaited redevelopment of the former Peters Cartridge Factory along the Little Miami River in Warren County.
Cartridge Brewing Co. has signed a 10-year lease for 10,000 square feet in the old factory, said Kyle Hackbarth, an owner of the partnership formed to open the brewery-restaurant. Hackbarth said he and the partners have already qualified for $2.3 million in funding for Cartridge Brewing and expect to open sometime in 2019.
“We’re excited to be in the local community,” he said.
The 14-acre complex at 1415 Grandin Road, across from a parking lot for the scenic trail, will include 130 residences and 15,000 square feet of commercial development. The site is east of Kings Island amusement park. Plans call for three commercial tenants, Hackbarth said.
Cartridge Brewing will feature outdoor patio space, a restaurant with a full menu and serve 10 of its own beers. Cartridge Brewing has yet to file for a state liquor permit.
The factory dates back to the Civil War and produced munitions into the World War II.
“We wanted to find a historic location,” said Hackbarth.
The project has been the recipient of millions in subsidies and fee reductions by the state and Warren County.
The land was annexed last year by South Lebanon which then agreed to forgive the property taxes on the project, over objections from the Little Miami Schools.
However, construction has yet to begin. The redevelopment, which follows an environmental cleanup, is still subject to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approval, Hackbarth said.
“It all depends on the EPA approval,” Hackbarth said Friday.
EPA told WCPO-TV the site was in the process of being cleared for redevelopment “in fall 2018,” subject to a 30-day public comment and 30-day review periods.
Hackbarth was also one of the founders of Sonder Brewing, scheduled to open later this year west of the river in Deerfield Twp.
“I walked away from that,” Hackbarth said, referring further questions about that enterprise to owners.
Sonder could not be reached by phone, but the web site indicated it would open in late summer.