A growing business wants to come to Cobourg – Brock Street Brewery wants to buy four acres in Lucas Point Industrial Park to build a canning plant. It will can ready to drink vodka soda’s and gin cocktails and possibly also its current beer product. Based in Whitby, they were founded in April 2015 and have been growing fast. Subject to approval of their building plans by Cobourg’s Planning Department, they want to initially build a 12,000 sq. ft. packaging facility that would be staffed by 25 to 35 employees. They expect a year later to expand in phases 2 and 3 by 18,000 sq. ft. then add two more buildings of 25,000 sq. ft. and 10,000 sq. ft. which would employ 75 or more. Their offer to buy the land at $40K per acre will be before Council at their Committee of the Whole meeting on January 4. Staff is recommending approval.
The image at right shows the land being discussed – note that the entrance will be from Willmott Street. If permitted, they would also operate a small retail store/ on-site restaurant.
The company is a success story – revenue last year was 75% higher than projected and sales doubled year-over-year. In describing why they chose Cobourg for expansion, Brock Street Brewing stated:
Brock Street is undergoing a major growth phase and is looking for opportunities in exciting communities. Cobourg, with available industrial land and a forward thinking Council and Staff, a beautiful downtown, and one of the best waterfronts in Ontario, presents itself as an incredible opportunity for Brock Street to continue its growth and for the surrounding communities and its citizens to find good paying jobs with a growing company.
Cobourg’s Planning Department has already agreed that the location is suitable for the proposed use and fits with current zoning. However they also stated that “it’s subject to the finalization of development details including but not limited to: site servicing and grading; building siting and coverage; site access, parking, loading/service and truck movements; and landscaping”.
By my count, that makes the third Brewery company located in Cobourg although Brock Street would be by far the largest.
- Staff memo re Brock Street Brewing
- Brock Street Brewery Web site – they currently offer delivery of beer in Ontario.
- William Street Brewing – Currently offers free beer delivery in Northumberland County
- Northumberland Hills Brewing – Facebook
Update 4 January 7:53 pm
At the Committee of the Whole Council Meeting on January 4, Council approved the purchase of the Land as recommended by staff.