Tahoe Brewing Co. licensing action taken Thursday by Carson City’s Liquor and Entertainment Board set the stage for the brewery to open soon.
The city board, made up of the Board of Supervisors and Sheriff Ken Furlong, approved licensing for Morgan E. Davis as liquor manager at the brewing firm’s outlet, which will open in the rehabilitated brewery on the northwest corner of West Proctor and North Carson streets no later than Jan. 19, 2015. The action came on the same day the Board of Supervisors heard a presentation on a downtown Commercial Area Vitalization District.
“We’ll be opening as a brewery and a restaurant,” Davis told the liquor board, assuring members she and employees would handle carding of patrons to make sure no underage drinking is allowed. She said the restaurant part of the new outlet, which is locating in the building that formerly housed High Sierra Brewing Co., would be in the front of the building. The new firm is a limited liability company doing business as District Brewing Co.
The brewery structure is part of Hop & Mae Adams Foundation holdings downtown, and most of the interior refurbishing is done, but an exterior face lift will complete renovations. The foundation that the late Carson Nugget owners formed has much property in the proposed Commercial Area Vitalization District (CAV) and Steve Neighbors, who oversees the foundation, favors such a district.
During the regular city governing board meeting, the CAV district was discussed during an update given to the mayor and supervisors on progress toward property owners along Carson Street forming one for maintenance. The board is interested in one so additional downtown maintenance costs can be shared after Carson Street is narrowed to three lanes and wider sidewalks are widened to lure pedestrians.
John Rutledge of the Rutledge Law Center downtown reported on the petition process and afterward said a $50,000 annual assessment budget is still the goal. Garrett Lepire, a realtor and also a downtown property owner, asked the board why such additional maintenance money is needed from the private sector when city Redevelopment Authority money already is being used.
Community Development Director Lee Plemel reminded everyone the district initiative was sought by board members, adding that additional maintenances costs are expected after the downtown project is completed.
In other board action: members renamed Edmonds Sports Complex for Pete Livermore, the late state Assemblyman and city supervisor; approved another contract for Dr. Susan Pintar to serve as city Health Officer for $28,400 a year; and authorized submission of an application to the Nevada State Historic Preservation Office to obtain a $75,000 grant to assess historic structures at the decommissioned Nevada State Prison.