Deschutes Brewery submitted a new proposal over the weekend for developing a production facility in Roanoke, city officials confirmed Monday.
They would not discuss details of the proposal yet, as they haven’t fully vetted it and discussed it with Deschutes officials to be clear on its details. City Manager Bob Cowell said they hope to talk with Deschutes leaders Tuesday afternoon and perhaps disclose some details of the proposal after that.
The proposal came in just ahead of a Sunday deadline that’s part of the contract under which the Oregon-based brewer bought for $3.2 million the 49-acre site from Roanoke where it announced in 2016 it would build its East Coast production facility.
Absent the details, the submission would seem to confirm Deschutes still plans to build here despite deciding last year that it will not break ground in 2019 as originally planned.
A Deschutes spokeswoman has not responded to a message left Friday.
After a long and public courtship, the brewer in 2016 chose Roanoke for the site of a $95 million facility that would employ 108 people in its first phase. Good feelings about the economic win for the city were tempered by word that construction wouldn’t begin for three years.
In the offing, the burgeoning craft beer market began to show some signs of slowing that caused Deschutes officials to acknowledge they were reconsidering the size and timing of the brewery they planned to build in Roanoke.
In order to control its timeline, the company waived $4.7 million in state and local incentives offered to lure it here, many of which were tied to starting construction and production by certain dates.
As a show of its commitment to coming to Roanoke, however, Deschutes bought the brewery site outright.
However, the city has an option to buy the land back for the price Deschutes paid if Deschutes fails to meet certain benchmarks going forward. The first was submitting a new proposal by Sunday. Other deadlines include submitting proposed design plans and drawings by Aug. 31, 2020, and starting construction by June 30, 2021.