Jay and John Noble, owners of Noble View Cheese Co., have received preliminary approval from the village Plan Commission to convert the former Napa Auto Parts building, 320 E. Main St., into a creamery. The creamery would produce and sell cheese, according to a permit application submitted to the village.
This preliminary rendering submitted to the Village of Waterford shows a possible creamery to be opened by local dairy farming brothers John and Jay Noble at the former Napa Auto building, 320 E. Main St.
But like the Sawall developments, the creamery is anything but set in stone, said Jay Noble, who purchased the Uncle Harry’s business with his brother earlier this year.
“It’s not as cut and dry as I was hoping, buying the building and moving forward,” he said. “I’ve got somebody in front of us (to purchase the building) who wants to rent it to us. That’s one of the moving pieces we’ve got to get control of first.”
Just a block west, Town of Waterford residents Tammie and Brandon Begotka are planning to open a distillery at 228 E. Main St., where Flowers by Chrissy was formerly located.
The Begotkas have purchased the building and are currently working toward obtaining a federal distilling permit, according to Jackson. The couple has also registered a limited liability company, Anchor Stillhouse Holdings, which is the formal owner of the building, state and county records show.
Stelzer also hopes to lease the village’s vacant retired fire station in the 100 block of North Second Street and turn it into a brewery, for which he plans to partner with a master brewer. He said he already has a partner who “has been in the business for a long time,” but did not want to release the brewer’s name yet.
“I think it’s going to be something that’s missing in the area,” Stelzer said. “It’s going to be a Waterford brewery.”
Jackson said the village is planning to have all of these projects finished by 2021, to be completed in two yearlong phases.
The first phase, planned for 2020, would include the brewery, creamery and Sawall’s residential developments at the Uncle Harry’s, Waterford Auto and bowling alley sites. Those Sawall developments would first be built as two-story apartment buildings with the option of converting the first-floor units to retail, Sawall said.
In the second phase, planned for 2021, would be Sawall’s four-story waterfront mixed-use building on First Street and Stelzer’s mixed-use condos.
Jonathon Sadowski covers the greater Union Grove and Waterford areas, entertainment and odds and ends for The Journal Times.