Fort Worth Council OKs Zoning for Distillery

By Chris Van Horne
|  Tuesday, Jul 15, 2014  |  Updated 10:37 PM CDT
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Fort Worth Council OKs Zoning for Distillery

NBC 5 News

After nearly two hours of speakers, both for and against, the Fort Worth city council voted Tuesday night to approve a zoning change that will transform Glen Garden Country Club into a whiskey distillery.

Firestone and Robertson Distilling requested the zoning change from residential to industrial for the project, which will move its facility to the center of the 100-acre course.

The council voted 7-2 in favor of the project, meeting the seven-vote super majority requirement. More than 20-percent of residents living within 200 feet of the property opposed the re-zoning, and that triggered the super majority requirement.

Several council members said they struggled with the decision, but most wanted to bring the redevelopment project to the area.

Councilwoman Kelly Allen Gray, who represents the district where the re-zoning took place, said she stood with her constituents after initially being in favor of the project.

She was joined by Councilwoman Gyna Bivens as the two lone 'no' votes.

Residents were concerned about how the distillery might impact the neighborhood.

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