Foxboro residents are now one step closer from enjoying a frosty, cold beer brewed in town.
With a 3-0 vote, the zoning board of appeals reversed a permit denial by Bill Casbarra to allow for a microbrewery to be located on 21 East Belcher Road.
Originally the permit was denied by Casbarra because brewing alcohol is not in the table of use for the limited industrial area where the building is located. Attorney Frank Spillane, who represented the owner of the building and the business, argued that brewing alcohol fell under low hazard use according to the Massachusetts Building Code.
With a chemical toilet company, a tree service company, a car repair shop, and the Foxboro Sports Center also occupying the area around the building, the board felt a brewery would not had more hazard.
As the Foxboro Reporter reported, a zoning bylaw that would have specifically allowed a microbrewery and a downtown brew pub in Foxboro was being prepared for next month's special town meeting. Due to the limited time for advisory committee to review all the articles, the proposed bylaw was withdrawn with the intent to resubmit it for May's annual town meeting.
According to building owner David Stymish, the operation would be a brewery for craft beers with an alcohol content of three to eight percent.
Stymish has own the building for 20 years and previously operated a cookbook distribution business.
Scott Haigh, who would be the president of the micro-brewing company, said he would like to host tours and home brewers in the future.
With a permit and a location, the next step for the future brewing company is to apply for a farmer-brewer license from the state.