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Old 01-08-2017, 12:46 AM
 
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Downtown Brunswick has so much potential. I hope it can see some new construction in the coming years.

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Those whose interest has been piqued include would-be restaurateurs, boutique hoteliers as well as beer brewers. A wine and gift shop is also reportedly moving forward. And, for his part, Vonk would welcome all of them.


“It would all be a positive influence. On the other side of Newcastle Street, there are still some empty buildings. It would be great to see restaurants and things move into those and get those buildings restored,” he said.

“There are some wonderful inquiries there. We really like that the word is getting out. We really hope that one thing will lead to another and start nucleus of development in downtown Brunswick.”

At his building, located at 1404-1406 Newcastle St., the former site of the Level 3 nightclub, work is moving forward.

“There’s quite a bit of work involved around the historic preservation of the building. There’s also a lot of sequential things ... where one thing can’t be done without another happening first,” Vonk said.

“Initially we were working on demolition and cleanup. But I will assume that over the next week or two the work will start on the building. I think that the first construction work will be on the roof. Then they will move inside taking out old floor.”

Vonk said they are on schedule to complete construction in the late spring or early summer. They will then have to install the still, and hopefully open not long after that.

“We’re still on course which is good for a sizable for construction project. The original plan has us on track to complete construction in April or May. Then we have to install the distilling equipment,” he said.
Downtown Brunswick seeing flood of new interests | Local News
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Old 01-08-2017, 03:50 PM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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It's really just a matter of time until this place goes crazy; if not for the downturn, I think it would have happened faster. Historic Brunswick is a treasure trove of amazing Victorian architecture, the cost of which is a fraction of what you would find in a comparable neighborhood in Atlanta or Savannah. Plus you have a great climate and proximity to the Golden Isles.
That is good news indeed regarding 1404 Newcastle. There's still a lot of vacant space on Newcastle south of Gloucester, and that is a key building in the block, so that will no doubt be a boost.
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Old 01-08-2017, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Savannah GA
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During my 2 years living and working in Brunswick I grew quite fond of the place -- this despite the negative image that was deeply imprinted on my brain for years -- St. Simons, Sea Island and Jekyll were beautiful idyllic seaside resorts; Brunswick was a stinky, paper mill polluted industrial wasteland. It wasn't until I'd explored the historic neighborhoods west and south of the usual tourist spots that I discovered the charms of Brunswick. It's very much like Beaufort, SC. A few more years and a little more outside in investment will totally transform the place IMO.
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Old 01-09-2017, 08:41 AM
 
Location: St Simons Island, GA
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During my 2 years living and working in Brunswick I grew quite fond of the place -- this despite the negative image that was deeply imprinted on my brain for years -- St. Simons, Sea Island and Jekyll were beautiful idyllic seaside resorts; Brunswick was a stinky, paper mill polluted industrial wasteland. It wasn't until I'd explored the historic neighborhoods west and south of the usual tourist spots that I discovered the charms of Brunswick. It's very much like Beaufort, SC. A few more years and a little more outside in investment will totally transform the place IMO.
Yes, yes and yes...sad to think of the town's greatest loss, though. I still own a watercolor painting of this spectacular place, inherited from my grandparents.

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