Proposed Use for St. Joe’s

The Ravens Head Brewing (RhB) company brought a proposed plan to the neighborhood this week.  They want to turn St. Joe’s into a restaurant and brewery.  The owners of RhB are from New Jersey and have proposed a nearly 2 million dollar investment into the Church to turn it into a commercial restaurant and brewery.

Many neighbors were rightly concerned about the parking, congestion, and noise, such an enterprise would introduce into the neighborhood.  However, many other city residents (non-neighbors) and local suburbanites, were praising the idea of a new trendy tax paying business in the city.

At the meeting, RhB’s plan seemed to be in the early stages, and HAF made it clear that the purchase of the Church had not yet occurred.  However, the proposal by RhB is something HAF is taking seriously.

Albany does have a rich beer history, which you can read more about here and here. Plus breweries are hot right now and successful breweries are popping up all over the US.

However, it is unclear if RhB has what it needs to make St. Joe’s a successful brewery or that it has what it takes to be a good neighbor.  The pairing of a historic city neighborhood with a very large brewery may not be ideal for both parties, but with the right effort from both sides it might just work…

You can read more about the local coverage of the proposal here, here and here.

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One Response to Proposed Use for St. Joe’s

  1. Jackie says:

    I like how you’ve presented both sides of the issue here. I’m curious to see what happens as plans progress.

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