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Ravenna brewery project shelved

By DIANE SMITH Staff Writer Published: June 9, 2017 4:00 AM

Plans to bring a microbrewery to Ravenna, which have been in the works for more than a year, have been "permanently shelved," according to the developer who hoped to bring the business to the county seat.

Don Schjeldahl of Flag Pole Brewing investors said talks with Neighborhood Development Services, which have been ongoing for a year, have recently reached an impasse over how the project was to proceed. NDS owns the former auto repair shop at 122 N. Meridian St., which Flag Pole Brewing had hoped to turn into a microbrewery. The tire shop had operated as a movie theater many years ago.

NDS said it is still exploring options to move forward with a brewery at the North Meridian Street location. David Vaughan, executive director of NDS, had no further comment.

NDS plans to renovate the former Paul's Do-It Center at 129 N. Chestnut St. into a 20,000-square-foot, seven-screen multiplex. The proposed theater entrance is directly across from Park Way from the former auto repair business. NDS plans to start construction of the theater within the coming weeks.

"I fully support the NDS movie theater and other efforts underway to better the Ravenna community," Schjeldahl said. "I wish all stakeholders well and continued success."

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Schjeldahl said it was "the right time" but "the wrong team of people."

"It's very unfortunate," he said. "We just couldn't find a way to work it out."

He said he has no immediate plans to put his plan in place at another location.

"It's a wonderful business plan," he said. "The nice thing is that Ravenna is ripe for this kind of development. If we put it some place else, it's a different market environment."

He said he still envisions Ravenna making a comeback.

"I've seen communities all over the country transition from very stagnant to very vibrant," he said. "I see all the elements in place in Ravenna. I really hope it will take hold."


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oldbenlucus Jun 9, 2017 8:54 AM

Everyone involved are Master BS artist. They are only good at self enrichment with public money and belong to mutual admiration societies. It is a shame the Record Courier helps promote this kind of fraud.

mlt67 Jun 9, 2017 7:36 AM

Leave it to NDS to halt this project! The only thing happening in Ravenna is only what NDS wants. So many folks I've talked with were excited about the brewery hoping that it would finally open Ravenna up for future development. As far as the movie theater starting construction soon - I'll believe it when I see it! How many years has this been going on???? NDS owns so much property in this town, therefore, they control what goes here or not! So I believe only not for profit businesses will engulf this City - for the developmentally disabled, drug addiction services, etc.