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Ortlieb's now a blank slate, ready for its next life

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014 at 7:44am.


That graffiti pretty much sums up this blog post.

But we get paid to write, so we're going to add a few words to it as well.

All of the builidngs that made up the former Ortlieb's brewery save two - the former company pub, which remains standing and in use as a music venue, and the former bottling house across American Street, which KieranTimberlake is rebuiling for use as its headquarters - are now reduced to a pile of rubble, and that rubble in turn has been spread across the lot on which they stood, turning it into a clean sheet of paper, so to speak.

When last we looked, developer Bart Blatstein had plans to write a new chapter in the site's history on it. The plan is for Tower Investments to build a large multi-unit townhome development on the site. The project has been through two rounds of review by the Northern Liberties Neighbors Association, but as of now, no permits have been pulled for construction — or at least none that we could conjure up from the Licenses and Inspections database.

Then again, the demolition permits for the site also don't show on the database, so this doesn't mean that no construction is imminent. But the site is free of equipment save for a lonely backhoe as well, so it does look like it will be a while before we will have pictures of more activity on the site to share with you. But we will check in on this site regularly and update you on the latest developments.

Photos by the author

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