On Monday, Aug. 3, the four partners who make up Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works laid out their plans for a craft brewery/distillery/brew pub in the Elks Building in Middletown, to borough officials and to residents.
Here is what Tattered Flag has to say about their project, in their own words:
What Is Tattered Flag: What is a craft brewery/distillery/brew pub?
Question And Answer Session: Tattered Flag partners answer questions from Middletown residents about the project.
Who Is Tattered Flag: The Tattered Flag partners introduce themselves to Middletown residents.
Last Updated on Friday, 07 August 2015 17:09
Dauphin Co. officials report West Nile Virus (WNV) infected mosquito samples have been found in the City of Harrisburg as well as Derry and East Hanover townships.
A press release from the county’s WNV Control program noted thus far nine virus-positive samples have been collected this year.
WNV-infected samples have also been found in Jefferson Twp., Highspire and Middletown boroughs and Swatara Twp. The release also noted no human cases of WNV have been reported this year in the county.
The county’s WNV Control Program is increasing surveillance and control measures throughout the county.
Certain species of mosquitoes carry WNV, which, when transmitted to people, can cause West Nile encephalitis, an infection that can result in an inflammation of the brain. Symptoms of WNV include fever, headache, body aches, nausea and sometimes swollen lymph glands or skin rash. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), all residents of areas where virus activity has been identified are at risk of getting West Nile encephalitis.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 August 2015 16:06
Written by Eric Wise
An $11.5 million plan to build a new electric substation to serve the entire borough of Middletown will keep electric equipment away from floodwaters while spurring a home-building project that will attract 1,300 new residents to the northern part of town, a developer told borough officials on Monday, Aug. 3.
David Stubbs, the managing director of United Realty and Infrastructure (URI), presented his vision for the new substation at the proposed Woodland Hills development off North Union Street to Middletown Borough Council’s public works committee, which includes councilors Robert Louer, John Brubaker and Michael Bowman. Stubbs said his group will build the substation by September 2016 if council approves it this month.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 16:48
Written by Dan Miller
The nonprofit group Friends of the Elks has submitted a proposal for future use of the Elks Theatre.
The theater has been closed since April, when the facility was shut down for necessary repairs by the Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority, which owns the Elks Building.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 18:12
Written by Jim Lewis
Something may be brewing in Middletown in the next six months – craft beer and spirits.
If all goes according to plan, a combined craft brewery-distillery-brew pub will open in the Elks Building in downtown Middletown as early as January.
The Middletown Industrial and Commercial Development Authority approved a lease and financing deal on Monday, Aug. 3 with Tattered Flag Brewery & Still Works. The company, founded by four partners who all graduated from Susquenita High School in Perry County in 2000, will lease and eventually own all of the Elks Building except the Elks Theatre.
Later the same night, the authority’s deal with Tattered Flag was endorsed by Middletown Borough Council in a resolution where council expressed its support for the authority’s efforts to revitalize the downtown and the Elks Building.
“We support the project 100 percent,’’ said Council President Chris McNamara. “They are full steam ahead.’’
The possibility of Tattered Flag opening soon thrilled some residents who watched the votes during a meeting of both the authority and council in the MCSO Building.
“I really think this is the thing that’s going to juice up the town,’’ said Deb Drayer, a Pike Street resident. “I loved it ever since I heard about it.’’
The authority agreed to loan Tattered Flag $1.5 million to upgrade the 104-year-old building at Union and Emaus streets and to eventually purchase all but the space devoted to the theater.
But the project could face a legal hurdle: A law firm hired by the authority must give the authority its OK that it can legally spend the loan money on fixing up the Elks Building.
The money is part of a pot of $3.8 million that the authority received earlier this year from the borough’s water and sewer authority, which moved to disband after Middletown Borough Council signed a 50-year lease with United Water for the borough water and sewer systems. United Water took over the systems in January.
Last Tuesday, July 28, the water and sewer authority, still in existence, voted 5-0 to require that the pot of money is spent only on infrastructure projects.
The issue grew more confusing when Middletown Borough Council, voting after the development authority, agreed to hire its own special counsel to look into the matter of the pot of money. It rescinded a previous motion, which it approved on July 20, to have the final say on how the pot of money is spent by the development authority, and voted on Monday to support the development authority’s efforts to restore the business district and the Elks.
Councilors insisted that the legal issues surrounding the pot of money would not stop the Tattered Flag project from moving forward. Pat Devlin, one of four partners who make up Tattered Flag, said the brew pub and distillery could open for business as early as January.
“We’re extremely excited to be coming to Middletown and excited to be setting up our business and to help Middletown grow and bring some great craft beer to the area,’’ Devlin said.
About 100 residents showed up to hear Tattered Flag’s present its plans Monday to the development authority, then witness the authority’s vote on the lease and council’s concurrence.
“This is a good deal,’’ said Tom Mehaffie, an authority member and Lower Swatara Twp. commissioner. “I live in Lower Swatara – this is a benefit to us, this is a benefit to Royalton, this is a benefit to Londonderry, this is a benefit to lower Dauphin County...if you want to revitalize this place, this is a good start.’’
The authority approved the Tattered Flag lease by a 3-0 vote, with authority member McNamara – who also is a member of borough council and the water and sewer authority – abstaining.
Most of the $1.5 million will be used to make the Elks Building inhabitable, Tattered Flag’s partners said. It includes a $1.1 million loan over 25 years at 4 percent interest, and $400,000 toward the purchase of the building. The brew pub and distillery would use 13,000 square feet of the Elks, a majority of the building. It would not include the Elks Theatre.
Borough officials worked together to make sure Middletown’s financial risk was minimized by requiring the property to revert back to the borough if Tattered Flag goes out of business. Middletown also would have right of first refusal if Tattered Flag attempted to sell the property.
Attempts by officials to minimize the borough’s risk were “a very cordial and cooperative effort,’’ said Matt Tunnell, chairman of the development authority.
The need for the development authority to hire an independent counsel stems from the fact that the water and sewer authority, and the ICDA, have “adverse” positions with respect to the $3.8 million, Salvatore Bauccio, solicitor to the ICDA, told the Press And Journal. The water and sewer authority and the ICDA are both represented by the same law firm, McNees Wallace Nurick.
“The same law firm can’t represent both sides of a dispute,” said Bauccio, who is with McNees Wallace Nurick. “McNees has to step down from both the borough authority and the ICDA with respect to that dispute.”
McNees Wallace & Nurick will still represent both the water and sewer authority and the ICDA regarding all other matters, separate from the dispute over the $3.8 million, Bauccio said.
Councilors said they expect the Tattered Flag project to move forward, despite the complicated legal issues.
“This will all be resolved by the attorneys,” McNamara told the crowd, referring to use of the disputed money.
The development authority met in executive session for what Tunnell called “real estate matters’’ before it voted on the Tattered Flag lease.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 August 2015 16:23