Old Power Plant To Become Village Pub, Brewery
Renovation of the old Pinehurst steam plant into a pub and microbrewery has long been seen as a possible anchor for redevelopment of a somewhat unsightly area on the outskirts of the village’s quaint downtown.
The village itself tried four years ago to attract a tenant with the help of some state grants, but a deal with a local brewery fell through.
Now, Pinehurst Resort, which owns the property, is moving ahead with its own plan for “an adaptive reuse and conversion” of the 7,000-square-foot building constructed in 1895.
The pub and brewery will be housed in the original building, which once powered and heated the village’s hotels and homes. New additions will include a covered terrace and outside dining area, a covered beer garden with an outside bar and restrooms, an event lawn on the west side of the property along Magnolia Road and a kitchen storage facility.
Plans also include a small smoke-greenhouse building on the east side of the brewery.
Preliminary site work that will involve cleaning out the structure itself could begin in the next few weeks, according to architect Alan Stagaard, whose firm was hired for the project. Construction work cannot start until the village issues building permits, which is expected in about a month, he said.
It will not require any additional zoning approvals from the village. If all goes to plan, the new facility should be finished by next summer, according to Staagard.