A brewery and restaurant set to open near Unity Park in Greenville has some neighbors upset. One of the business owners, Nautic Brewing, told 7 News they want to bring people together.
The brewery and restaurant will occupy a former bicycle shop and the empty land next door on South Hudson Street, just a few blocks from Main Street.
“It’s in the middle of a transitioning area,” said Melissa Albergotti, who lives in a townhouse across the street from the site.
She and some other residents are concerned about the prospect of a brewery and restaurant so close to their homes.
“It’s just not what I envisioned when I bought here a year ago,” Albergotti said. “I really expected it to be more of a residential park, something that’s more conducive to the area around it.”
To the left of the site for Nautic Brewing is Miracle Hill Ministries’ Greenville Rescue Mission, which houses nearly 150 men. It also houses 11 people in recovery in a transitional home.
“Having a brewery 100 feet out the back door when you’ve been sober fpr a few months, a few weeks, or a few days [is] probably a temptation that’s not good for them or for the community,” said Ryan Duerk, who is the VP of adult ministries at Miracle Hill Ministries.
Those supporting Nautic Brewing disagree. Head brewer and co-founder Steve Schofield said Nautic is the culmination of years of work between friends.
“We’re not here to enable anybody,” Schofield said. “We’re here for a family experience.”
He pointed out that they’ve done everything right with the city.
The area is zoned as a “redevelopment district.”
“It’s a district the city created several years ago to encourage development in areas that are otherwise not doing well,” said Jonathan Graham, who is a planning manager with the City of Greenville.
Under the law, a brewery is allowed, according to Graham, because it’s considered “artisian use,” and legally the city can’t keep them from moving in, despite complaints from The Mission and other neighbors.
“This applicant found that property and has made an investment into bringing that business into the city,” Graham said.
He also said city council has asked their staff to look in to the redevelopment district zoning and refine it so that this issue dosen’t come up again in the future.
Nautic Brewing is looking to open in early 2020.