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Nanobrewery, coffee roaster businesses looking to set up in Nelson

— Both the nanobrewery and coffee roaster would be small, handmade operation using all locally grown ingredients, Demyttenaere said.

Nanobreweries, sometimes referred to as pico breweries, or bucket breweries, by definition distribute to a limited area and only make beer in very small quantities, typically less than four barrels per batch, according to craftbeer.com and americancraftbeer.com.

Demyttenaere already has informally attended two town planning board meetings and is currently preparing her formal application to readapt her building to business uses, but the process has a long way to go. First and foremost is the building’s historic design and integrity.

The building is “very narrow” inside, and in order to use it for the proposed business purposes, Demyttenaere must either reconstruct the entire interior or get an exemption from certain code requirements based on the building’s historic significance to the community. She appeared before the town board at its Feb. 13 meeting to ask the board to designate the house as historically significant, which would then allow her to apply for the code exemption.

Demyttenaere, who has worked in the state historic preservation agency for the past 35 years, said without the exemption so many renovations and changes may have to be made to the building as to completely destroy the building’s historical integrity.

Town Supervisor Roger Bradstreet said the town completed a survey of historically significant structures in 2002, and the board discussed whether they could use that registry — which includes the MacKinnon house — to declare the building historically significant.

Town Attorney Jim Stokes said the board could either pass a local law or approve a resolution to formally establish such a registry based on the previous survey. The resolution could also give the board the authority to add or remove properties from the register.

The board unanimously agreed to task Stokes to write up a resolution to establish a registry of historically significant buildings in the town, which they will consider at their March meeting.

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