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Planners approve first winery for downtown Medina

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 6 August 2014 at 12:00 am

Courtesy of Medina Planning Board – The Village Planning Board also approved a certificate of appropriateness for the new sign for 810 Meadworks.

MEDINA – The Village Planning Board on Tuesday approved a special use permit for the first winery in downtown Medina.

810 Meadworks is renovating a former barbershop in the R.H. Newell Building next to the Shirt Factory Café.

Larissa and Bryan DeGraw and their friend Morris Babcock will open 810 Meadworks at 113 West Center St., Suite 1. That spot is located in the historic R.H. Newell building.

The business owners are renovating the site and working towards a late November opening. They expect the site will be embraced on the Niagara Wine Trail and will draw many visitors to Medina.

810 Meadworks is actually a meadery, which uses honey in producing wine. The board had a public hearing on the project on Monday. With no opposition, the board approved a permit for the meadery.

Planners said other wineries could open in the community. The board also approved a certificate of appropriateness for a projecting sign for 810 Meadworks.