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2012 Ravens Head Qa Statements

2012 Ravens Head Qa Statements

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Ravens Head Brewing Co. neighborhood meetingTuesday, June 5th, 2012 5:30-7pm Ten Broeck Mansion
Q & A's:
What will happen to the dog park with fountain?
Nothing. It is owned by the City and is not a part of this project, nor can it be a part of the sale of thebuilding.
What will be the impact on the neighborhood with the distribution part of the business?
Small trucks, no larger than a Verizon truck will shuttle the barrels to an off-site small warehouse.
What will the operating hours be?
11am-11pm.
Ideally, Raven’s Head would like 11am
-11pm, however this would be a part of theapplication to the Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) for the use variance and would be subject to approval by the BZA.
If parking will be off-street, how will you discourage patrons from parking in front of our houses?
Raven's Head Brewing is looking to use Ten Broeck Mansion's parking lot, and to work with other parkinglots in the area. There will be a parking permit system in place during work hours as well.
Why open Raven's Head at St. Joe's and not on Broadway or elsewhere?
Raven's Head looked at several locations, including St. John's in the Pastures Neighborhood, but therewere many square footage problems.
Raven’s Head is looking for a unique and architecturally ‘special’ 
 location. They were taken with the beauty of St. Joe's, which has prompted them to take a further loointo the building.
The Palace hurts parking already, this will only make it worse.
Ravens Head is looking at many options to deal with the parking issue. One avenue they are looking at isa shuttle system to move people from parking location to brewpub site. They are willing to look at any  possibilities to make it work for the neighborhood. There will be parking concerns with St. Joe's, nomatter what the building ends up being used for.
Would the brewery be on the tax rolls?
Yes!
Trash will be a problem. Won't it lead to pest & rat problems?
The brewery has a very strict control policy for pests, and would work with a local company to ensurethat there will not be any problems.
What is the difference between the brewery's plan & Elda's?
Elda wanted to have a night club and events venue. This would be a brewery and restaurant where thebrewery's product is served. The restaurant will host tastings and special events.
There were complaints about hosting RestFest
in St. Joe’s
. Neighbors stressed that they wished to seecommunity events in the building.
 RestFest is a community event with live music. To raise funds to maintain and repair the building, HAmust let people into the building, including renting the space for events such as RestFest. Lawn care,drainage repair, and general maintenance are costly. We thank those who have donated time and 
 
money to help and encourage great ideas. HAF needs help. If you see people outside cleaning or pickingup garbage, join.
What about
the neighborhood’s
quality of life? There will be drunks wandering around?
It is a bartender's responsibility to not serve overly drunk individuals. There is a $10,000 fine for that.
Why can't the brewery be located by a college?
College students are not the demographic they are looking for. Craft breweries draw and prefer  professional adults.
There were 2 black bars in the City at Swan and Broadway. There is a history of issues here. 11pm isactually open very late, making plenty of time for problems. This is why the community is upset. Buttrying to keep an open mind.
There are a lot of issues to work out and this is a very preliminary stage. This is where well-trained staff is very important.
Raven’s Head is not looking to create a place where people drink to get drunk. To
serve any of their product, they must serve food. Most will go to NYC & NJ? 
Would there be any smells coming from the brewery?
No, everything will be in closed containers with no oxygen or light and the system is carbon dioxide pushed. If any smells, a little bit of roasted barley from the brewing process. That would happen at reasonable hours.
Will there be live entertainment?
No, not at this point in time. If there was, it would be for special events, fundraisers, such as a stringquartet.
Is there an ordinance in place with regards to how many breweries can be in a location?
Up to 5 usually is ideal. But in Albany there is currently only one brewery, the Albany Pump Station.
Will prices preclude college crowd?
They are all craft brewed, so they will be $6.99 per pint. Brewery is looking for a nice neighborhood totake tourists to.
Are you flexible on the hours? Would you consider closing at 9pm?
Willing to be flexible. Special events may go later.
The neighborhood wants the church to be there. Something needs to be done. Interested in furtherconversations on the topic.
The target audience is savvy & educated. No beer pong. If you have any suggestions or solutions, pleaseoffer them.
Statements:
A stakeholder in the neighborhood, married in St. Joe’s, was very, concerned about the quality of life.
They have poured blood, sweat, and tears into properties in the neighborhood.. The neighborhood is at
a tipping point and on the verge of being ‘good’. HAF has not sat down with the neighborhood to meet
about reuse of the building. HAF hasn't done enough to find an appropriate reuse.

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