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Dogfish Rezoning Approved, Expansion To Proceed

Dogfish Head’s commerical rezoning was approved yesterday by the Milton Town Council.  The rezoning will allow Dogfish to build on the 39-acre parcel of land they purchased years ago.

“They’re good stewards of the town,” said Milton Mayor Cliff Newlands.

Neighbors of the nearby Cannery Village fought Dogfish Head’s request to rezone the land, citing fears of increased industrial traffic,  and fears of the building’s future if the brewery moves.  The rezone means great things for Dogfish Head, but the new vote still doesn’t thrill some of the residents.

“I think the town has been bullied,” said Cannery Village resident John Horan.

Not all residents spoke out against Dogfish Head –

“Dogfish came here as a good neighbor, they’ve been a good neighbor, they give back to the local community. … If the town is going to survive, we need those businesses,” said resident Paul Yannucci. “It’s going to mean a good future for this town moving forward.”

So what’s next?

Currently the brewery has to submit a site plan that has to be approved before anything can be built on site.  New packaging lines & storage space are in future expansion plans. The total cost of the expansion is current estimated at $50 million. [DelawareOnline]