WASHINGTON — It appears Washington will be getting a winery.
The City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved a special-use permit for Bob and Lisa Barry of Barry Vineyards, who plan to open Tres Rojas Winery on about 50 acres at 1774 E. Cruger Road.
Most of the winery operation is expected to be on the southern half of the property.
A 60-foot-by-100-foot building with space for wine processing, bottling, inventory storage, a tasting bar and event room is planned.
Total occupancy allowed in the building will be 180; event space capacity will be 90.
A parking lot in the southern end of the property is expected to have 80 standard spaces and four ADA-compliant spaces.
"This lot must be constructed according to city standards and gravel must be treated to create a durable and dustless surface," said Jon Oliphant, the city's planning and development director.
The special use includes several stipulations recommended by city staff including:
* The winery must close to the public at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Those also are the hour limitations for amplified music.
* Only one sign is allowed on the property; it must be a ground sign at the entrance and cannot be larger than 32 square feet.
* The sign can be lit only with limited-power lights that are directed on the sign.
* No parking for the winery will be allowed on East Cruger; off-street parking for the winery can be no closer than 500 feet from East Cruger.
The council approved selling city land to Barry Vineyards, rezoning the property to agricultural and annexing the property into the city before approving the special-use permit.
Opponents of the winery have expressed several concerns, including increased traffic and impaired driving on East Cruger in the rural area.
Steve Stein can be reached at (248) 224-2616 or firstname.lastname@example.org.