State awards grant to help clean up site of Eden Park's new 'Brewery X'

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State awards grant to help clean up site of Eden Park's new 'Brewery

Jesse Folk

CINCINNATI -- The plan to turn an old pump station into a brewery in
Eden Park took another step forward this week.

Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes tweeted Monday that the so-called
“Brewery X” was awarded a state grant to help fund renovations at 1430
Martin Drive.

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Rhodes said Ohio state officials awarded the project $736,520 for
asbestos abatement.

The city is also seeking a grant of $490,380 from the Brownfield
Revolving Loan Fund is being requested to perform the lead paint

In the city’s grant application, officials said they plan to begin
renovations immediately once the funds are secured.

Architect Jack Martin is leading the charge to turn the former pump
and police station into a brewery.

Martin said the brewery would have a tasting room, beer garden and
production facility.

The City Council approved the $5 million project in Oct. 2012. The
pump station was built in 1894, and it has been vacant since 2004.

Martin’s company, Brewery X, LLC., has a 40-year lease on the property
from the city with the intent to purchase it once the renovation is

In Nov. 2013, then-City Manager Milton Dohoney Jr. recommended the
Council pass an emergency ordinance awarding the company with a grant
for renovations totaling $750,000. That money would go toward fixing
the roof and other structural repairs.

The pump station was listed on the National Registry of Historic
Places in 1980, along with Music Hall and City Hall.

The reason the project is called “Brewery X” is because it was
originally designated “Station X” by the city when it was taken over
by the Cincinnati Police Department.

It’s expected that the project could create more than a dozen jobs.
The city and Martin hope to open Brewery X by mid-2015.

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