GRANTS PASS, Ore. — The Grants Pass City Council is getting rid of technicalities that were preventing a new business from opening downtown.
Griess Family Brews had wanted to open a taproom earlier this year. But because they did not serve food, they were classified by the OLCC as an “adult business.” Because of that designation, they could not open within one thousand feet of nearby Debo Park.
After hearing the issue, councilors agreed to change the code and eliminate the red tape.
“The City Council, after looking at the makeup of the business, we decided it is something we would like to have here, and invite that, because we’re a pro-business community.”
The new code takes away restrictions that prevent adult businesses from opening near parks and schools, but councilors said they will review each business application on a case-by-case basis.