Plans for a brewery, Harley dealership also approved

The Middletown Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a plan for an 11-building apartment complex near Amazon in the Westown Business Park on U.S. Route 301.

Last November, council rejected the plan even though the zoning allowed for apartments. Representatives of the developer started the process to file a lawsuit, but both sides met and came up with changes to the plan, said Councilman Robert Stout.

Town officials wanted several changes to the plan, which the applicant agreed to. The changes include an increased size of the berm and additional landscaping. Also, the buildings were moved back from Merrimac Avenue, Stout said.

The plan still calls for 11 three-story apartment buildings with 264 units and a clubhouse with a swimming pool on 20 acres between Merrimac Avenue, Hedgelawn Way, Kohl Avenue, and Patriot Drive.

In other business, council approved plans for Crooked Hammock Brewery to be located in the Middletown Auto Park on U.S. 301. The development will include an 8,000-square-foot restaurant, 650-square-foot screened porch and a brewery.

Mitch Rosenfeld, managing member of La Vida Hospitality Group, said he expects to break ground for the restaurant in August and open in March of next year. The restaurant will need a liquor license.

Council approved a plan for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle sales and service center, totaling 53,000 square feet, on five acres in the Westown Business Park on U.S. 301.

A plan for a 19,200-square-foot building was also approved by council to be located on Diamond State Boulevard and Tower Lane. The building will house a medical clinic and professional offices.

Also, on Monday, Councilmen Stout, Robert McGhee, and James Reynolds were sworn into office after winning the March 5 election. The councilmen were incumbents and re-elected, defeating three challengers.