DENISON, TX -- Microbreweries and distilleries will now be able to move into downtown Denison after a majority of the city council agreed to revise a zoning ordinance to allow those types of businesses in the downtown area.
The measure passed by a four to two vote. Supporters say bringing brew pubs to downtown Denison would bring more people to the city, but others say allowing those types of businesses to move in is a mistake.
Garrett Guymon and Jay Connelly both own buildings on Main Street and say Monday night's council vote to allow microbreweries in downtown Denison is a step in the right direction.
"I think it's going to be a huge asset to downtown Denison have pubs, brew pubs, down here. It's going to bring people that don't come to this town now to have weekends up here," Connelly said.
"They come downtown we want them to go to other businesses and come see something at the theatre, go to another shop just to spend money. That's what grows our economy here and supports our businesses, puts tax dollars back into the schools," Guymon said.
However, not everyone agrees with Guymon and Connelly.
"I'm concerned with the emphasis I see in our city," Catteau said.
Denison Resident Todd Catteau argued against the idea at Monday night's city council meeting.
"I believe that where the production and consumption of alcohol increases, We also see an increase of chaos and disorder. I don't think that's what we want Denison to be about," Catteau said.
Despite Catteau's opposing view, a majority of the city council said "yes" to making it easier for brew pubs and distilleries to come to downtown Denison. City Manager Robert Hanna says the move will help the city achieve its goal of bringing more tourists to the area.
"If you have a downtown that's void of people and void of businesses you have kind of a cancer in your heart, and that's not Denison. We want to have a vibrant downtown," Hanna said.
Hanna says people have inquired about starting a brew pub in downtown Denison, but says there are no major plans for one to move in yet.