O'Brien County sells Sheldon property

O’Brien County has sold a piece of property it had owned in Sheldon. NOYB LLC had the winning bid for the real estate at $195,000 during a public auction Tuesday afternoon, Oct. 15. The property is located at 1220 Second Ave. The county engineer’s office had owned the real estate since 2008. The owners plan to convert the building into a brewery/coffee shop.

SHELDON—Sheldon could soon have a brewery of its own.

According to the packet for the Sheldon Planning and Zoning Commission, Tami Vander Veen and Lora Meendering are asking to have the former Iowa Department of Transportation property rezoned from heavy industrial to arterial commercial.

The purpose of the request is to “accommodate a coffee shop and brewery/alcohol sales.” The duo purchased the property at 1220 Second Ave. for $195,000 during a public auction on Oct. 15.

An additional request from Vander Veen and Meendering is to have two apartments on the second floor of the property.

In the packet, city manager Sam Kooiker noted the 2010 zoning code prohibits residential units in arterial commercial-zoned district, but he added an ordinance amendment process could allow the city to make an exception.

According to the letter Vander Veen and Meendering sent the commission, they plan to brew their own beer on-site and provide on- and off-site alcohol sales.

“We believe these added amenities will not only be a great addition to our community but also draw consumers from our region providing many ancillary economic benefits to the community of Sheldon in the process,” they wrote.

The commission’s next meeting is set for 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14.

This is a developing story.