City of Black Hawk Approved Distillery Site Map – The Mountain-Ear
John Scarffe, Black hawk. Black Hawk City Council approved the site layout plan and parking and height deviations for the Rick Thomas Distillery on Lot 7 of the Black Hawk Park Subdivision in a regular online meeting on April 14 2021 at 3 p.m. The council also approved an ordinance requiring all city water customers to receive sewer service from the Black Hawk – Central City Sanitation District and the purchase of a 2.1 acre mining concession and discussed the adoption of the model traffic code 2020.
Vincent Harris with Baseline Corporation presented a resolution approving the Site Development Plan and Certificate of Architectural Compatibility for the Rick Thomas Distillery on Lot 7 of the Black Hawk Park Subdivision and resolutions approving a parking gap to allow for a reduction required parking spaces from 50 parking spaces to 33 parking spaces and a building height variation to allow a height of 33 feet.
Scott Moore of Dalkita Inc, and Brian Watts, Developer, have requested review and approval of the Site Development Plan and Certificate of Architectural Compatibility for the proposed Rick Thomas Distillery at 830 Miners Mesa Road. The proposed development includes a distillery, a tasting room and a barrel storage warehouse.
The proposed distillery building measures 7,157 square feet, of which 4,146 square feet are intended for the operation of the distillery and 3,011 square feet are planned for a tasting room which will be open to the public. The proposed development also includes three outdoor grain elevators 33 feet high, a 4,800 square foot barrel storage warehouse, paved parking and unpaved overflow parking.
The height of the silos and the amount of parking proposed will both require variations to accommodate the proposed development plan. The claimant requested both waivers with the claim.
The property is zoned Commercial / Commercial Services (C / BS). In accordance with Ordinance 2020-13, approved on May 27, 2020, a distillery is a permitted primary use in the C / BS zone district. The proposed development meets the dimensional regulations of the Zone C / BS district with respect to lot area, lot width, setbacks and maximum impervious area.
The height of the distillery building and barrel storage warehouse, 27 feet and 21 feet, meets the maximum height regulation of 27 feet in the C / BS zone district. The height of the proposed silos exceeds the maximum height regulation by 27 feet, and the applicant is seeking approval of a height deviation.
Off-street parking is calculated by type of use on a lot in Black Hawk zoning bylaws. The Black Hawk municipal code does not mention the “distillery” in the parking calculation table, which is why other similar uses were used to determine the parking requirements for this proposal.
When other similar uses are used to calculate the required parking, a total of 50 spaces is deemed necessary.
Research done at five different distilleries in other communities or cities yielded an average of one parking space for every 1,153 square feet of distillery. The request is to allow the reduction of the required parking spaces from 17 from 50 to 33 and to allow the increase of the height of three 6-foot silos from 27 feet to 33 feet.
Staff recommended approval of the site development plan and the two deviations from conditions. Harris said they plan to change the zoning codes for parking at distilleries and breweries, as the city’s parking regulations are set for higher density areas, and the city should review the height codes. .
Brian Watts said they will be making a classic Scottish-style whiskey and are happy to be Black Hawk’s first distillery. He went to Colorado State University to research brewing and also to Scotland to research whiskey. He thought of doing it on his own and thought Black Hawk had some strategic advantages.
He hired an architect and approached the mayor a year ago to come to Black Hawk. “We think it will be a complement to the gaming district,” he said. They plan to produce vodka and gin in addition to single malt whiskey. Products will be labeled as made in Black Hawk and will highlight the rise.
The building that stood out as an example of construction was the Old Steel Building, which gave them the starting point, Watts said. They might have vodka available within six months of opening labeled with the 1859 line, but it will take two years to produce the single malt whiskey, which will be the anchor of the business.
They’ll have two stills that are brought right in the middle of the building from Scotland, and all of the grain will come from Colorado. The rise and the large variations in temperature will allow them to produce a good product and plan to distribute it within a 100 mile radius.
Mayor Spellman pointed out that they accomplished all of this in a year and could start work within the next 30 to 45 days. The Board approved the site’s development plan and the two deviations, and applauded the new developments.
Council approved an ordinance requiring all city water customers to have sewer service from the Black Hawk – Central City Sanitation District. City attorney Corey Hoffmann said if passed the ordinance would do what the title says and not allow people to be on a septic tank.
The Council approved the purchase of the northern part of the Dale mineral claim # 13338, covering an area of approximately 2.1 acres for an amount not exceeding $ 55,000, in order to allow the construction of a road connecting the Lake Gulch Road to Miner’s Mesa Road. The City has entered into an agreement with Proximo Spirits LLC. To improve Lake Gulch Road, add a roundabout and construct a road between the Lake Gulch Road roundabout and the Miner’s Mesa Road extension.
The City has agreed to acquire the property necessary for the construction of the road. As a result, the City contacted the owners of Dale Mineral Claim # 13338, who agreed to sell approximately 2.1 acres for $ 48,175.
The city manager has asked city council to approve an expense not exceeding $ 55,000 to ensure sufficient funding pending the final square footage verification. The current owners will retain the mining rights of the property transferred to the City.
Police Chief Michelle Moriarty introduced an order adopting the 2020 Model Highway Code. Staff recommended that Council accept the introduction of the adoption order and schedule the adoption of the law. order at its meeting on May 12, 2021.
The city uses the 2018 model highway code. The adoption of the 2020 model highway code will bring the Black Hawk City highway code into line with the current state highway code.
The Colorado State General Assembly has recognized that conflicts between the state’s highway code and municipal traffic regulations cause inconsistencies in the flow of traffic and has strengthened requirements for uniformity of regulations. Traffic.
The Board approved to bring this back to the May 12, 2021 meeting.
(Originally published in the April 22, 2021 edition of The ear of the mountain.)