A new zoning amendment that city councilors approved on Monday permits coffee roasters to open and operate in a handful of districts in the city. Lost Shoe – a brewery and coffee roaster – plans to open on Weed Street this fall.
METRO WEST DAILY NEWS – City councilors on Monday signed off on a zoning amendment that will pave the way for coffee roasters to open in Marlborough.
Coffee roasters are now permitted to operate in the Marlborough Village district downtown, business, industrial and limited industrial zones as part of the new zoning. Coffee roasting – a manufacturing operation – was previously not allowed in those areas.
“We’re trying to attract various businesses,” said City Council President Ed Clancy, who initiated the zoning change.
The measure was spurred by J.P. and Melynda Gallagher’s plan to open Lost Shoe Brewing and Roasting Company – a brewery and coffee maker – at the former Speakers nightclub.
“It’s a different concept,” said Clancy. “People are looking for this type of establishment. It will bring life to Weed Street.”
Prospective coffee roasters are required to apply with the city for a special permit before they can open. Because coffee roasters can create some unpleasant odors, roasters will be required to have a filtering system that will reduce the smells.
Requiring roasters to go through the special permit process provides a layer of security for the city if an odor problem arises.
“If they’re not living up to the conditions, we can revoke their special permit,” said Clancy.
J.P. Gallagher said last month that Lost Shoe – named in honor of Marlborough’s history of a shoe-producing hub – plans to apply for a special permit shortly after the zoning amendment is approved by the council.
Lost Shoe plans to be an all-day operation, opening in the morning to serve coffee and the brewery serving beer later in the day.
J.P. Gallagher is a longtime home brewer and recently graduated from the American Brewers Guild in Vermont. Melynda, his wife, recently completed a coffee roasting course at the Coffee Lab International School of Coffee, also in Vermont.
J.P. Gallagher said last month he is pleased that the city is taking steps to create the zoning measure to allow coffee roasters, which he called a catalyst of his business.
Construction on Lost Shoe’s 4,600-square-foot facility began in August and is expected to wrap up sometime this fall. The operation would open a few weeks after construction is finished.
This article by Jeff Malachowski originally appeared here.