Ice House Gets Final Approval

Council Approves Special-Use Permits

Posted: March 13, 2014

Construction continues at the Ice House on South Liberty Street in Harrisonburg on Wednesday. City Council on Tuesday approved special-use permits for a jewelry manufacturer and brewery at the Ice House, a mixed-use development. (Photos by Nikki Fox / DN-R)
The Ice House, a mixed-use development, is under construction on South Liberty Street in Harrisonburg on Wednesday. Officials say the Ice House’s 30 apartments may be finished this summer, while some of the businesses may open in fall.

HARRISONBURG — City Council put its finishing touches on the Ice House on Tuesday, clearing the way for vintage jewelry and more beer downtown.

Without debate, the panel approved special-use permits for two ventures at 217 S. Liberty St.: Hugo Kohl’s jewelry manufacturing business and a brewery to be run by Tim Brady of Harrisonburg.

About a year ago, council approved a rezoning request for the building, which will be a mix of residential, commercial and office uses in more than 80,000 square feet along South Liberty Street and at 127 W. Bruce St.

In 2004, Reddy Ice, Cassco’s parent company, shut down operations at the site, which led to the Ice House moniker.

Kohl specializes in making vintage jewelry in the style of items made from 1830 to 1948. His 6,000-square-foot area will include retail and showroom space.

Brady’s nearly 9,000-square-foot area will include a tasting room and bottling distribution section.

On-site parking is not required for the ventures, but Barry Kelley, a partner in the development and principal broker with Matchbox Realty and Management Services, owns a lot across Bruce Street that is not yet paved. It will have almost 150 spaces, once a few houses that front Water Street are torn down, said Stacy Turner, director of the Harrisonburg Department of Planning and Community Development.

Kelley also obtained approval from the city last year to build a parking deck on that site, too, if needed in the future.

The Ice House’s 30 apartments may be finished this summer, while Kohl and Brady may open their businesses in the fall.

Historic tax credits will help fund the estimated $10 million project. The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development also awarded it a $500,000 grant.

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