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New Flowery Branch building housing pizzeria, beer shop gets final OK
A new downtown Flowery Branch building that will house a pizzeria and a craft beer business received final approval Wednesday and could open by late spring or early summer.

A new downtown Flowery Branch building that will house a pizzeria and a craft beer business could open by late spring or early summer.

The city’s Historic Preservation Commission voted Wednesday to give the permit needed to begin the work.

The board had delayed the decision from a Feb. 1 meeting, where members sought more detailed drawings indicating the architectural touches Karen Ching wants for the building off Main and Mitchell streets.

Ching said after Wednesday’s meeting she hopes to get a building permit to start the project soon.

The project drew praise from historic board member Sue Kilgore said.

“Karen has never put anything in Flowery Branch that didn’t improve it,” she said. “She’s brought a lot of business to town, and I think whatever she does will be good.”

Ching also owns Liberty Candy Co., a Main Street store that sells both homemade and novelty sweet treats.

And she and Nicholas St. Clair, owner and chef of Antebellum restaurant, also off Main, are planning to open Lake Side Market, a grocery store selling locally made products, as well as European imports and more, on Feb. 23 on Main Street.

While Ching owns the new building, St. Clair owns Peyton’s Pie Company, the pizzeria that also has a location off Peachtree Industrial Boulevard in Suwanee. Also, a craft beer business, Growlers on Main, plans to move into the new building from its current city-owned spot at 5509 Main St.

Also, the building will house four offices, building plans show.

Ching has been working on the project since last year, tearing down a 121-year-old home that stood on the property.

A new building design was circulated at Wednesday’s meeting.

“They submitted what we asked for, which was a color rendering of the proposed building,” city planner Rich Atkinson said.

Historic board approval is required before a “material change” is made in a property’s appearance, including construction of a new building, in Flowery Branch’s historic district, according to city ordinance.