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Company Eyes 10 Acres on Route 9 for Brewery, Taproom and Eatery Opposite Saratoga Spa State Park; City to Meet Nov. 15

Watercolor rendering of the Tree House Brewing Company proposal in Saratoga Springs. Watercolor rendering of the Tree House Brewing Company proposal in Saratoga Springs.

SARATOGA SPRINGS — The city Land Use Boards will hold a joint meeting Nov. 15 regarding a Special Use Permit and Architectural Review of a proposal to site the micro-production of alcohol and a new eating and drinking establishment on a 10-acre parcel on South Broadway. 

The proposal for “Tree House Saratoga Springs” comes via the Tree House Brewing Company - founded in 2011 and currently operating six facilities – five in Massachusetts and a farm in Connecticut. According to the company, it is “the largest direct-to-consumer on-premises brewer in the country,” and says this proposed project will be their only expansion in New York. 

The land where Tree House would be located - 3376 Route 9/ South Broadway - is currently vacant and from 1945 to 2013 operated as Murphy’s Driving Range and Mini-Golf. Today it is a mostly flat, open field with its immediate Route 9 facing neighbors being Saratoga Honda to the north, and Homewood Suites to the south. 

Current owners MCJack LLC, have contracted to sell the property to Treehouse Brewing Company (THBC NY, LLC,) of Charlton, Massachusetts. 

The project space is approximately 10 acres, and would encompass 4 structures, the largest being approximately 200 feet – by – 210-feet and rising to a height of about 30 feet.  Plans call for a 22,680-square foot brewery and taproom building.

The outdoor areas would include three pavilions, picnic tables, small gathering areas and walking paths. 

The project also calls for a 390-car parking lot, and a “beer to go” area for the pickup of online orders. 

The company anticipates its siting would add more than 60 jobs of varying skill sets - production, restaurant and hospitality staff among them – and estimates its economic impact to the region as $30 to $40 million based on siting a Saratoga Springs location, according to documents filed with the city. 

A joint Planning Board-Design Review Board discussion is slated to take place at 6 p.m., on Wednesday, Nov. 15 at City Hall. A public hearing is anticipated to take place on or around Nov. 30. 

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