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Parent group drops objection to Kirkland brewery

The objections by the parents’ association of a Kirkland ballet academy and some Kirkland residents to a microbrewery opening up near the academy disappeared almost as quickly as they appeared.

Chainline Brewing’s co-owner, Scott Holm, reported that a positive meeting with the parents’ association for the ballet academy resulted in the majority of objections by parents being dropped, though he said some have still not warmed to the idea.

The controversy started when the ballet parents learned that a microbrewery intended to open in the complex on 6th Street South. Among these concerns were limited parking and the possibility of intoxicated patrons attempting to drive out of the parking lot. Also opposed to the brewery was part-time owner of AMC Kickboxing, Christina Hume.

The city started to receive emails in late July, and the Washington State Liquor Control Board (WSLCB) notified Scott Holm and his wife and co-owner Michelle on July 31 that they received 17 letters objecting to the microbrewery. In order to receive a license, they needed to write a statement explaining why they should be approved over those objections.

Prior to receiving the WSLCB letter, Scott Holm wrote a blog post on Chainline Brewing’s website asking for support from the community in response to the protests. Within days the city received more than two dozen emails from Kirkland residents and even fellow microbreweries from surrounding cities voicing their approval for the brewery.

Although they are still waiting for confirmation from the WSLCB, the dropped objections means the Holms will no longer be required to write a statement, according to an Aug. 6 news update on Chainline Brewing’s site.

“We look forward to a positive working relationship not only with the International Ballet Academy but all of our neighbors, businesses and individuals alike,” the update reads. “We would like to thank all those who spoke out on the matter, and specifically those who advocated discussion and diplomacy, which subsequently led to a favorable resolution for all involved.”

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