A Courtenay-based company has applied to the City to open a new brewery in the vicinity of the Whistle Stop Neighbourhood Pub.
The proponents of Ace Brewing Company hope to open an establishment at 150 Mansfield Dr., near the Courtenay Air Park. The Whistle Stop is located at 2355 Mansfield.
At Monday’s meeting, Coun. Doug Hillian questioned if off sales from neighboring pubs could create problems, in terms of regulations that limit the proximity of retail sales. Staff said the question is for the provincial government to determine.
Council directed staff to post notice on the City’s website to seek public input about the application for council consideration at its Jan. 21 meeting.
The proposed brewery would contain a lounge. Hours of operation would be 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, though the applicant expects to close earlier Sunday to Wednesday.
A car dealership had once operated in the building, which was constructed in 1966. It was renovated in the ’70s and ’80s, and divided with a demising wall in 2016. Care Automotive Service operates on one side of the property. The brewery applicant is leasing the other side.