Chanhassen is one step closer to getting its own microbrewery.

On June 24, after holding a public hearing at which no comments were made, the Chanhassen City Council approved a purchase agreement with Frontier Land Holdings, LLC, to sell its city property at 195 79th St. W. for $460,000.

Matthew Rosati, of Frontier Land Holdings, plans to build a brewery and taproom on the site. Rosati was one of two groups interested in purchasing the 56,000-square-foot property, at the corner of Highway 5 and West 79th Street, for the purpose of building a brewery.

The City Council reviewed two proposals and chose Rosati in May to move ahead on the purchase agreement. In addition to the purchase price, there is $1,000 nonrefundable earnest money in the event Frontier Land Holdings does not close by June 10, 2020.

Council voted 5-0, approving the purchase agreement.

The only disappointment is that Rosati learned in looking at trademarks and names, he couldn’t obtain rights to the name “Frontier Brewing.” He’d initially chosen the name Frontier Brewing as a nod to the city’s history. “It appears there’s lots of Frontiers,” Rosati said. Instead, he’s looking at naming the brewery “something like Chanhassen Brewing.”

The brewery building’s value would be $1,425,000. The size of the building is planned to be 6,053 square feet, with 2,830 square feet for production and 2,840 square feet for the tap room. The brewery will create 8-15 new jobs, and pay annual taxes of $36,000.

Initially, closing was planned for August of this year, but it was too aggressive. With the June 10, 2020, deadline, City Manager Todd Gerhardt said it would give Frontier Land Holdings “more time to go through city approvals and get the environmentals squared away.”

Rosati will work with City Planner Kate Aanenson to produce a timeline for the project, to which Mayor Elise Ryan asked him to share with the council. “There’s a lot of interest as to what’s going on,” Ryan said.

 

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