Downtown beer maker considering move to North Charleston

Downtown beer maker considering move to North Charleston

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - A downtown Charleston beer maker is considering making a move to North Charleston.

Palmetto Brewing Company is currently located on Huger Street in North Charleston. The lease there expires in 2018.

Officials are interested in buying a nearly six-acre site on O'Hear Avenue near the East Montague Avenue business district.

The site formally housed the General Asbestos and Rubber Company. The project would include the brewhouse, a tasting room and a restaurant.

Neighborhood association president Gayle Frampton says she's keeping an open mind about the project.

"We want Park Circle to remain the very special place that it's been all of these years," Frampton said.

Last year, Palmetto Brewing signed to buy 17 acres on Azalea Drive, partnering with Firefly Distillery.

But both companies pulled out of the deal because there wasn't enough room for both of them.

Frampton says she hasn't heard of any opposition to the beer maker considering a move to the Park Circle area.

She has heard one particular concern from residents.

"They don't want it to create a traffic problem and I'm hopeful that can be taken care of."

Neighborhood residents we spoke with will welcome the beer maker with open arms.

"I'm actually involved in craft beer craft beers. I think I counted 12 or 13 in the Charleston area, so I guess if they can support that, then this area is as good as any," Chris Miller said.

A nearby restaurant owner also is on board.

"It's just more people to the area, add more fun things to the area. It's gonna add a lot more to the area," Jeff Filosa said.

"We all agree that it is time to move on and make progress, but at the same time keeping the quality of life that we have enjoyed since childhood," Frampton said.

Officials with Palmetto Brewing Company were scheduled to address residents about their possible plans at a community meeting Monday night.

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