Two years after winning a contentious zoning approval for the project, Firestone & Robertson Distillery has received approval for vacating rights of way and a permit to start grading the property. The company plans to spend $17 million on the development, which faced opposition from neighbors.
Plans for a whiskey distillery at the former Glen Garden Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas seem to be picking up nearly two years after the owners won a contentious zoning approval for their project despite objections from the surrounding neighborhood, the Fort Worth, Texas Star-Telegram reported.
The Fort Worth City Council this week approved vacating rights of way totaling 5.1 acres and running along the southern boundary of the 109-acre property that will be replatted by Firestone & Robertson Distillery. The rights of way existed only on paper and were never built, the Star-Telegram reported.
Firestone & Robertson want the “paper streets” vacated on a new plat “in order to clean up title on the property,” the report said. The city originally acquired the rights of way in a platting process and never purchased the easements, a city report said.
Firestone & Robertson also recently received a permit to start grading the property, city records show. It has also submitted the project for a required state review that shows it plans to spend more than $17 million, the Star-Telegram reported.
The co-owners, Leonard Firestone and Troy Robertson, did not return the Star-Telegram’s calls seeking comment.
According to a city-approved site plan, plans call for repurposing the existing clubhouse as an event venue and offices, creating an outdoor event space with night lighting and scenic views, adding five buildings for such things as a visitors center for public tours, and tasting rooms, production and bottling areas, and cottages for overnight guests, the Star-Telegram reported.
Firestone & Robertson has been making whiskey in Fort Worth since 2011. Glen Garden, the city’s second-oldest country club, is where golfing legends Ben Hogan and Byron Nelson learned the game as caddies, the Star-Telegram reported.