CINCINNATI -- The plan to turn an old pump station into a brewery in Eden Park took another step forward this week.
Hamilton County Auditor Dusty Rhodes tweeted Monday that the so-called “Brewery X” was awarded a state grant to help fund renovations at 1430 Martin Drive.
Rhodes said Ohio state officials awarded the project $736,520 for asbestos abatement.
City officials said the money was approved under the old Clean Ohio program rules, so it will come as a grant. Any new funds from the Ohio Assistance Fund would come in the form of a loan that would have to be paid back.
The city is also seeking a loan of $490,380 from the Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund to perform the lead paint abatement and other eligible renovation expenses.
State approves $736,520 grant to turn Eden Park pump station into a brewery. Still owes Hamilton County $7.55 million on stadium promise.— Dusty Rhodes (@AuditorRhodes) May 20, 2014
In the city’s grant application, officials said they plan to begin renovations immediately once the funds are secured.
Architect Jack Martin is leading the charge to turn the former pump and police station into a brewery. Martin said the brewery would have a tasting room, beer garden and production facility.
City council approved the $5 million project in Oct. 2012. The pump station was built in 1894, and it has been vacant since 2004.
Martin’s company, Brewery X, LLC., has a 40-year lease on the property from the city with the intent to purchase it once the renovation is complete for $1.
City development officials said the order was approved and the money was reallocated from other existing funds and would not affect the new budget. That money would go toward fixing the roof and other structural repairs.
However, the plan will have to go back before the Council for final lease agreement approval.
It’s expected that the project could create more than a dozen jobs. The city and Martin hope to open Brewery X by mid-2015.
The pump station was listed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1980, along with Music Hall and City Hall.
The reason the project is called “Brewery X” is because it was originally designated “Station X” by the city when it was taken over by the Cincinnati Police Department.