Planned: Athens, NY – Brooks Opera House

Old Athens opera house reaches a Crossroads

Planners approve renaissance with brewing companyBy Colin DeVriesHudson-Catskill Newspapers

Published: Saturday, March 20, 2010 2:16 AM EDT

ATHENS — The rebirth and reimagining of the 1893 Brooks Opera House has been officially approved by village planners, paving the way for a fresh, new destination in Greene County: The Crossroads Brewing Company.

Ken Landin and Janine Bennett have endeavored to revitalize the dilapidated and crumbling opera house, once a pillar of the quaint Athens community, into something the village can be proud of once more.The village planning board unanimously approved the first phase of the three-story 15,000-square-foot structure’s transformation into the Crossroads Brewing Company, which will feature an 80-seat restaurant, a 46-foot bar and a fully-functional brewery, all on the ground level. The brewery is slated for opening in June or July, with the restaurant opening in fall.

“In a small village like this you have to become a destination,” said Landin, a contractor, formerly a resident of Queens who has lived in Athens for the past 18 years, “and that’s what we’re trying to do.”The impressive brick building — complete with bell tower — is located at the corner of Second and Franklin streets and will be restored to its historical appearance, resembling the time when it served as the community’s cultural nucleus.

via The Daily Mail > News > Old Athens opera house reaches a Crossroads.

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