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Whiskey Acres expansion gets positive response at public hearing

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Plans for the new visitors center are shown Thursday in DeKalb.
Sam Buckner for Shaw Media Plans for the new visitors center are shown Thursday in DeKalb.

DeKALB – A recommendation to approve a rezoning petition to allow Whiskey Acres Distilling Company to construct a 4,000-square-foot visitor’s center at its DeKalb location could come as soon as the July 26 planning and zoning commission’s meeting.

Responses were mostly positive during a public hearing Thursday on the expansion. Derek Hiland, director of the DeKalb County Community Development Department, said about 20 people were in attendance at the hearing, and of those who spoke, most had positive recommendations. Concerns were voiced about hours of operation, the number of people in attendance at one time and other factors, Hiland said.

The new building is projected to cost $500,000 and is expected to seat about 60 people. It would be open year-round.

The DeKalb County hearing officer will now make a recommendation to the planning and zoning committee either at its July or August meeting. Hiland said the officer would likely be approving the rezoning request, but it might be subject to conditions. Therefore, it could be September when the matter is taken before the DeKalb County Board.

With county approval, Whiskey Acres President Jamie Walter said he hopes to start work by early fall and would want to open the facility by summer 2018, if not in late spring.

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