Genesee, a Great Use for a Great Old Building!

Genesee Brewing Co. starts work on microbrewery, gift shop

Goal: A brewpub and museum by August


Chris Ray, a worker for Pike Construction, takes old windows out of the building that will become Genesee Brewing’s brewpub and museum. At left is the old brewery building that will be torn down.

Rochester-based North American Breweries started work Wednesday on remaking an unused building on its St. Paul Street campus into a restaurant, microbrewery, museum and gift shop.

Workers removed some windows that are being replaced and prepared an area for pouring a concrete floor in the back of the building where the microbrewery will be housed.

Some wooden structures were also removed.

The parent company of Genesee Brewing Co. announced in November plans to renovate one Cataract Street building and demolish two neighboring structures for the $2.6 million project. But the project was delayed for months, in large part by historical preservation concerns revolving around one of the two buildings to be taken down.

According to North American, it has received a partial building permit from City Hall to begin work.

Mark Minunni, director of engineering for North American, said Wednesday that crews have started removing asbestos from the two buildings slated for demolition. The asbestos hazard must be taken care of before the buildings can be dismantled, he said. He estimated that the work will take several weeks to complete.

Asbestos was used in pipe insulation and roofing in both buildings, and in floor covering in the building closest to St. Paul Street, Minunni said.

The brewery is now aiming for the renovated building to open in August, though it hasn’t set a specific date.



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