RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Stone Brewery has chosen Richmond over Norfolk and Columbus, Ohio for the site of its new $30 million distribution center, according to sources.
The sources say the governor will make the major economic development announcement Thursday afternoon at the Capitol. Stone will locate in the Greater Fulton neighborhood bringing around 300 jobs to the area.
The facility will be the first site east of the Mississippi River for the brewery, which is headquartered in San Diego.
Residents in Fulton seem cautiously optimistic over the mega brewery, which would also bring a restaurant and stores to an abandoned piece of land by Williamsburg Avenue and Nicholson Street.
Community advocates say much of Fulton's industry was leveled in the 1970s. A brewery could attract people back into the neighborhood.
However, neighbors are already raising questions about roads, traffic, possible smells from the brewery, and making sure people in the community actually benefit. Another concern is ensuring that the land is environmentally safe and clean before it's built on.
The Richmond City Council approved the parcel of land in a meeting Tuesday night.