ADRIAN — The Biergarten proposal is off the table.
After the Adrian City Commission voted 4-3 Monday night to delay any decision on the Biergarten plan for the Jean Christopher buildings, Scott Westfall of the Biergarten development team said the group was going to pull its offer to the Lenawee County Land Bank for the buildings at 125 and 127 W. Maumee streets.
“For the record, I have spoken to some of the other members of Renaissance Adrian (the LLC in charge of the proposal) and we have decided to pull our offer due to the emotion and, of course, the political circus this has turned into,” Westfall said to the commission and gathered public after the vote to delay was made.
The commission voted to delay a vote on any recommendation on the proposal, which would see the two buildings razed and replaced with a green space that would have included a public plaza, a splash pad, food trucks, picnic tables and a beer garden. The commissioners wanted more time to examine the proposal in depth. The topic was not on Monday’s agenda, but the fate of the proposal and the Jean Christopher buildings dominated the session anyway.
Jeremy Dowling, an Adrian resident and a doctor at Maple City Chiropractic, said he favored the Biergarten idea because he thinks it’s time to start a new history in downtown at that location, which he called a blight concern. He said for people of his generation, the question is what makes these buildings historical considering the condition they are in and have been for years.
He said the Biergarten proposal was a chance to make “our own history and this is change for us to put our stamp on the city, something from our generation, that we can claim as historical in generations moving forward.”
Trevor Perdue, a resident and co-owner of Get Growing, believes the Biergarten is a good idea, but said as a person who has done extensive building…