JAMES CITY-A new microbrewery is being proposed along Jamestown Road on the former site of Cooke’s Greenhouse and Garden Center.
At its meeting on August 4, The James City County Planning Commission approved a request to rezone 3.4 acres of property at the intersection of Jamestown Road and Sandy Bay Road in order for the new establishment Frothy Moon Brewhouse to utilize the space.
The site has been vacant and deteriorating since Cooke’s closed in 2018. The proposal for the new brewhouse would redevelop and revitalize the space.
The proposal includes reuse of an existing building, a portion of which will be used for the brewery and production facilities while the half of the building will be used for a taproom and coffee shop as well as offices and storage. Frothy Moon Brewhouse is partnering with Aroma’s, which will provide the coffee for the business.
In addition, Frothy Moon Brewhouse will feature a patio and outdoor seating area and space for food truck vendors. Some who live in nearby neighborhoods have expressed concern over noise and live music entertainment, though a county noise ordinance would prevent any loud noise after 9pm.
Upgrades to the property’s landscaping, parking lot, and entrances are also planned.
The proposed project must now go before the James City County Board of Supervisors for final approval. The Board next meets on September 14.