The City of Hoquiam is selling one of their buildings across from City Hall, and a brewery could be coming to the space.
The City owned buildings at the corner of 8th and L Streets were placed as surplus in June to put them onto the market for sale or lease. This was following the departure of the Passport Café. One half of the parcel is currently housing CrossFit Grays Harbor.
After the City began to market the property, 2 proposals have been submitted for the space. One was from the CrossFit gym, looking to expand into their neighboring space and expanding their options. The other was from business owners Rob Paylor and Patrick Durney for a proposal to bring a brewery, tasting room, and eventually eatery to the space.
Paylor spoke during public comment on Monday, asking the council to choose one of the two options soon instead of waiting.
Following Executive Session, the Hoquiam City Council voted to accept the proposal for the brewpub. The vote was not unanimous, and the other half of the location will not be part of the sale.
Durney told KXRO “We would like to thank the City for taking time to consider our proposal and make this decision. We look forward to even more hometown influence to our restaurant out in Seabrook; while at the same time bringing what we hope to be quality and award-winning beer to Hoquiam.”
At the meeting, Paylor said that in doing research with the Polson Museum, they found that the building once housed a “beer parlor” and they would be using historical elements when they open the business.