Olean brewery start-up in works

February 14, 2014 Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 9:16 AM EDT

By James Fink, Buffalo Business First Reporter

...

Credit: Getty Images/StockFood

Pouring Beer into a Glass from a Tap

February 14, 2014 Updated Feb 14, 2014 at 9:16 AM EDT

The developers of proposed microbrewery for Olean have selected a site that's loaded with local history.

The operators of the fledgling Four Mile Brewing LLC have targeted the site of the fabled-but-long-since gone Olean Brewing Co. as the location for its start-up.

Four Mile is working with Olean officials and the County of Cattaraugus Industrial Development Agency on development plans for the brewery. The project was added by an incentive package approved by the county IDA directors during their Feb. 13 meeting.

The project carries an $854,000 development price tag.

Plans call for the brewery to be located in neighboring buildings along Green Street that total 25,124-square-feet with the brewery and tap room occupying 6,796-square-feet. The tap room will have a 60-person seating capacity.

The remaining 18,328-square-feet will house the operation's cold storage and warehouse.

"From my perspective, this is a great reclamation of a significant, historic building in Olean," said Corey Wiktor, CofCIDA executive director.

With work underway, the brewery is expected to open this summer.

Besides the Four Mile incentives, the IDA also approved tax breaks for MJ Painting, a commercial painting service, that wants to construct a 7,500-square-foot building that will house its offices, warehouse and paint shop. The $528,500 project is slated for Homer Street in Olean.

MJ Painting employs 31 people.

To submit a comment on this article, your email address is required. We respect your privacy and your email will not be visible to others nor will it be added to any email lists.