Denison Planning and Zoning approves requests for distillery

The Denison Planning and Zoning Commission signed-off, Tuesday, on several requests to allow a brew pub and distillery to move forward at 2801 Trail Drive.

John and Jonathan Likarish, the brothers who plan to start the business, assured the commission that the distillery won’t result in any fumes or fowl odors that would bother neighbors. The brothers’ goal is to create an attraction for tourists.

The requests that were approved included a zone change from Local Retail District to Commercial District; a conditional use permit to allow the distillery; and a site plan with a variance for a metal roof. The zone change and conditional use permit still require approval from the Denison City Council.

On Tuesday, the Commission also approved a zone change for 606 S. Armstrong from Light Industrial District to Local Retail District. Christine Meador, the buyer of the property, plans to turn the former warehouse into a thrift store. The request received approval from one neighboring property owner and no disapprovals. However, Gerald Souther, who owns an adjacent business, questioned the possibility of fitting 14 parking spaces in the rear of the building.

Souther, along with another neighbor, accesses the back of his business through the rear parking lot of 606 S. Armstrong. While he didn’t specifically mention it to the Commission, discussion among Souther and Meador — which got so rowdy it halted the meeting — revealed that concern over losing that access may have been at the heart of the issue. The request must go before the Council for final approval.

Commissioners also gave the go-ahead to abandon an unopened portion of Coffin Street in the 2100 block. Adjacent property owners David and Lisa Smith plan to purchase the abandoned portion, except for a 25-foot drainage easement the city plans to use to install a drainage pipe. The proposed price for the entire section, including the easement portion, is $1,800. The Council will also have to give final approval of the action.

Finally, the Commission approved a preliminary plat for 27.840 acres on the southeast corner of Crawford St. and Crosstimbers Lane.