Could a brewery or distillery be coming to downtown Rahway? It looks like a possibility.
The City Council introduced an ordinance last month that would amend the Central Business District (CBD) redevelopment plan to allow a brewery as a principal use, though city officials have been mum on any details so far.
Ordinance O-18-14 , which will come up for final approval and a public hearing at the July 14 council meeting, would amend the Central Business District Redevelopment Plan to allow as a permitted principal use in any district (in accordance with state alcoholic beverage law): a brew pub, micro-brewery or brewery; wine, wine blending or instructional wine-making facility, and distillery.
In the meantime, the Planning Board last week approved the amendment to the redevelopment plan, which also is required. In 2013, a revised redevelopment plan was approved, consolidating some three dozen amendments to the plan made over the years while combining the CBD and Lower Main Street redevelopment plans.
Distilleries are on the rise, particularly in New York City and the Hudson Valley, even repurposing old buildings. Brewpubs often came up in discussion and polls in the early days of the blog, circa 2008, and we’ve often been strong proponents of a downtown brewery.