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Grant Could Help Bring New Distillery to Tacoma
A resolution before City Council this week could bring Tacoma one step closer to landing a new distillery with national distribution.
Riverhorse LLC is considering locations in three states (Oregon, Washington, and Virginia) for a new Copper and Kings Distillery. The Washington site would be in Tacoma at 301 East 11th Street, just north of the Murray Morgan Bridge on the east side of the Foss Waterway.
Plans for the distillery include construction of a new 25,000 square foot steel, concrete and recycled timbers building, and purchase machinery and equipment for distillery operation. A second phase of the project would include a 100-seat restaurant and a 100-seat banquet area, with the possibility of serving as a performance venue. The distillery could bring up to 50 jobs and $3 million in investment to Tacoma within five years.
The resolution on this week’s agenda would authorize the submittal of a grant application to the Washington State Community Economic Revitalization Board, forf $150,000 (the maximum the City can receive), to fund infrastructure improvements at the proposed project site, including assistance in cleaning up the derelict industrial site, and construction of updated stormwater facilities.
Funding for improvements would increase Tacoma’s competitive position in attracting the distillery. If the Tacoma site is selected, and the City is awarded the grant, Riverhorse would bear the balance of the project and infrastructure costs, with no City contribution.
There seems to be a lot of energy around the Foss in recent months, and if the City lands this project, we could see even more. The Murray Morgan Bridge is scheduled to reopen soon – would you like to see a distillery just across it one of these days?
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