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New Belgium Moving In

Updated: Wednesday, January 23 2013, 09:36 PM EST

The Asheville City Council votes to approve a brewery in the city's River District. After months of debate about traffic and how it will impact neighborhoods nearby, the Council approved Colorado based New Belgium Brewery's plans. 

Work is already underway to disassemble the buildings currently on the lot. Workers are taking apart storage buildings and other warehouses will be deconstructed for others to use. 

New Belgium's plans for the 20 acre site concerned some residents who worried about the big trucks that would use Haywood Road and Craven Street to haul the beer that will be made. 

New Belgium says it's open to other routes, if the trucks can handle them safely, and the city approves. New Belgium says it will aim at hiring 70 employees to launch the plant, and could double the workforce in a few years to produce the entire line of New Belgium beers. 

The company's plans must be approved by a technical review committee in early February before construction can begin. If they clear that, they'll begin moving a lot of dirt into the area in April and begin production in the Spring of 2015.

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