SHELDON—Sisters Lora Meendering and Tami Vander Veen had reason to cheer Thursday, Nov. 14, as the Sheldon Planning and Zoning Board approved their initial plans to open a brewery/coffee shop in town.
The duo requested to have a former Iowa Department of Transportation property rezoned from heavy industrial to arterial commercial.
When it meets today (Wednesday, Nov. 20.), the Sheldon City Council is expected to weigh in on the proposals and schedule a public hearing/first reading for Dec. 4.
Meendering and Vander Veen purchased the property at 1220 Second Ave. from O’Brien County for $195,000 during a public auction on Oct. 15.
The county acquired the property — located along the west side of old Highway 60 — in 2008 for about $68,000.
The brewery would have on- and off-site sales and the sisters view it is a potential positive benefit for Sheldon.
An additional request approved by the planning and zoning board made by the sisters was to build two upstairs apartments above the business.
That matter also will be later finalized by the city council and could have larger implications on zoning in the old Highway 60 corridor.
“We think it would be a great way to restore the building and revitalize your vision for revitalizing old 60 — we want to be a part of that — and we’d like the chance to do it,” Meendering told the board.