SAVOY — One legal hurdle cleared. One to go.
The Savoy Village Board, on a 5-1 vote, approved a special-use permit this week for Triptych Brewery.
Triptych's owners still must acquire a liquor license before their operation can open.
There was some opposition to the nanobrewery being located at 1703 Woodfield Drive, particularly from residents of The Arbours, the subdivision backing up to the property.
The issue required a two-thirds vote from the board because more than 40 percent of nearby residents objected to the action.
A provision was added to limit the tavern special-use permit to the Triptych Brewery owners and to not allow the permit to stay with the property. Village Manager Richard Helton made the suggestion because the Triptych owners said if they were to leave the location in the future, they did not want someone else to be able to come into the location and use the permit without permission.
Trustee Jan Carter Niccum, the only board member to vote against issuing the permit, expressed concerns, not about the concept of the nanobrewery, but about the location. Niccum said the issue of the new Illinois Video Gaming Act was of concern to him. Because the nanobrewery would hold a liquor-pouring license, it would be eligible to have up to five game terminals, unless an ordinance was passed prohibiting the games.
Niccum also stated he had concerns regarding the licensing. He would like to see, and anticipates, a special license being created for a microbrewery.
In other news, the board approved the final plat for the Marketplace at Savoy, the development project on the corner of Curtis Road and U.S. 45. After demolition began, a safety issue arose, delaying progress for several days. The issue has been rectified, and demolition will continue. Due to the postponement, the date the land will be turned over to CVS has been pushed back to June 2. The property was originally promised to be ready by May 28. Helton said he does not believe the delay will be a deal breaker, and he expects the CVS project to continue.