FRAMINGHAM – The planned beer garden at Exhibit A Brewing Company has now received the approval to open without going before the Framingham Planning Board.
“I just got off the phone with Kevin Shea. He said that the city solicitor changed their decision and ruled that our permit falls under the governor’s emergency declaration on waiving zoning restrictions until November 1. So no hearing will be necessary, we can just open as soon as we have licensing approved,” said Exhibit A General Manager Kelsey Roth in an email to SOURCE around noon today, June 19.
“We will need to do the modification of the permit for next year, but we have a little breathing room for that,’ said Roth.
In 2019, “when we originally applied for the Special Permit with Inspectional Services and the Planning Department, we had mentioned that the beer garden would be temporary, as in seasonal and not a year-round location, and that we would like the option to do it again in subsequent years,” said Roth to Source earlier this week.
The City Building Inspector had ruled that the permit was for 2019 only and that Exhibit A would need to re-file in 2020.
Roth still needs to apply to the Framingham License Board but a hearing before Framingham Planning Board is now not needed.