GALESBURG – A distinctive downtown structure could soon be transformed into a brewery that would include a brewery and an event venue.
Benedict Developers is seeking a grant from the Town of Galesburg for the proposed renovations to the facade of 185 S. Kellogg St. The 18,000 brick building has housed several former car dealerships for many years. It was also the site of Mechanical Service Inc. and served as the former home of KCAPED and the Galesburg area chamber of commerce.
Apart from the facade works, the project will also include the complete renovation of the interior of the building. When complete, the project will offer a new faucet room with around 30 faucets, a brewhouse and space for events such as weddings, concerts, game tournaments or other community events.
Benedict Developers will also construct a canopy roof structure on the north side of the existing building that would serve as a patio for clients during regular business hours and space available for special events.
“We have worked closely with the town and Ken Springer (chair of the Knox County Regional Partnership for Economic Development) throughout the project and they have been fantastic working with them,” said Rob Benedict of Benedict Developers and the owner of the building.
“We are ready to go on our side.”
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The owner plans to start work as soon as possible and plans for completion in the fall of 2021. The total estimated cost of the facade project is $ 186,753 and he is eligible to claim up to 50% or a maximum of 80 $ 000 of project costs through the Facade Grant program. This project is not located in the Special Service Zone, so any incentive provided will be 100% City (through Tax Increment Financing District IV).
In its letter of request to the city, the owners state that “the purpose of the redevelopment is to restore the exterior of the building with modern touches to help the community.”
“The building was in worse condition than we ever imagined,” Benedict said. “But we will restore it to its original configuration with all the glass windows. It will be a great asset for the city center and, hopefully, a destination for Galesburg.”
Benedict said the business would be owned by his sons Blake and Trent Benedict, owners of Reserve Artisan Ales.
“It was a real family affair of ideas and collaboration,” said Benedict, who noted that the project will be completed with local contractors.
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The event location would consume 10,000 square feet of the project, the brewery 4,000 square feet and the faucet room approximately 3,500 square feet. Food will not be served, but Benedict said customers are welcome to bring food from other local restaurants.
The project will be discussed by the Facade Advisory Committee at 9:30 am Tuesday in the Erickson Conference Room at Galesburg Town Hall. If approved by the committee, it will go to city council for consideration.