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Littleton Planning Board approves rezoning for Breckenridge Brewery

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By Ramsey Scott

Breckenridge Brewery’s big move to Littleton is one step closer to being a reality. 

Littleton’s planning board voted 7-0 to approve rezoning of the proposed site of the new brewery, at 6775 and 6855 S. Santa Fe Drive. Currently the 19-acre property is home to two landscaping businesses. 

One of those businesses, Designs by Sundown, plans to expand on the property as well, adding a new corporate office and more storage. 

Breckenridge is planning to build a $20 million brewery complex on the north 12 acres of the property along with a visitor center, special-event area, gift shop and restaurant. The craft brewery is moving from its Denver location as it expands production.

Several people brought up concerns with the development during the planning meeting, questioning how the brewery would impact the neighboring residential areas and the environment. Meadowood Village Mobile Home Park is just north of the proposed development. 

The owner of the mobile home park, Doug Buck, said he believed the project to be an appropriate use of the land, but he wanted to make certain that issues like noise and drainage are handled properly.

To keep noise pollution to a minimum, Breckenridge will be limited to four outdoor events a year, which must end before 7 p.m. unless given permission by neighbors. Breckenridge will be responsible for paying for the installation of a traffic signal at Santa Fe and Briarwood Avenue.

Breckenridge also plans on using a heat recovery vapor condenser to capture the exhaust that occurs when the barley used to make beer is heated. The process releases a large amount of steam with a very distinct odor.

The new system will capture about 95 percent of all steam created by the brewing process and use it to start boiling the next batch of beer. 

Breckenridge also said it plans to plant a field of hops between the brewery and Santa Fe. 

The rezoning request goes before the Littleton City Council on March 5. 

 

Contact Ramsey Scott at ramsey@everegreenco.com or 303-933-2233, ext. 22.