New Brewery-Bourbon Distillery Could Transform Downtown Block

by Mike Van Houten / Aug 11, 2015

Something I've noticed about the Haberae Investment gals; throughout the years of me covering their projects, starting with 8 On Center, they've never been ones to actively seek out press or attention regarding their projects. Usually I notice new projects they are doing directly from their web page, and not through traditional media.

I caught onto Urbanito, their latest endeavor, when I saw the closing sale posted for that property, which was previously owned by Ryder Homes. 

I wrote about it here, and at the time, there wasn't much information about the project on Haberae's official project page.

When I went back today to check in to see if they added any new details, I noticed this gem;

"For those craft beer and custom bourbon fans we have a beautiful brewery and distillery being built out in the building located at 490 Mill @ the corner of High St.  This is a one of a kind brewery/distillery housed in the 11,000 sq. ft. building.  Entrance on Mill St. with outside patio seating as well as an interior bar where you can watch the beer being brewed!  This component of Urbanito will be launching in the beginning of August, 2015."

I went digging in the permits, and found an interior demo permit for 'Wipple Distillery' at 490 Mill Street, with a 'pending issuance' status.

A project of this magnitude, even when not considering the rest of the city-block development which includes lofts and five Craftsman-style bungalows, would instantly liven up what I consider to be a dead zone in downtown that hundreds of Midtownians and Wells Avenueians pass by on their way to watch a ball game or Bertha's for a margarita. 

It's no secret I'm a fan of Haberae's projects. I've seen with my own eyes the difference small projects can make in my own neighborhood. I seem to live in ground zero for Haberae, Jack Hawkins and Marmot Properties. That, so far, has been a good thing, as Martha would say.  It will be a pleasure to watch the transformation of the corner of Holcomb and Mill as the various phases of Urbanito launch.

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  • August 11, 2015 - 11:31:31 AM

    That is very cool and will def start the improvement in that area which is much needed.

  • August 11, 2015 - 8:33:12 PM

    This is excellent news. I was hoping for something like this in that building. This will do a lot for that area. Any word on anything happening with the abandoned plot (condos?) across the street between Birtha's and the River?