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Lindley Estes is a business writer for The Free Lance-Star and This blog is on Fredericksburg-area business. Send an e-mail to Lindley Estes.

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Property owner envisions downtown microbrewery

This drawing by Herlong Associates Inc. shows an enclosed patio that could be added to the former Reddy Ice plant on Princess Anne Street in Fredericksburg. The owner envisions a microbrewery or brewpub there and is hoping to find a buyer who shares his vision.

The owner of the former Reddy Ice plant in downtown Fredericksburg thinks a microbrewery, brewpub or brewery co-op would be a perfect new use for the Princess Anne Street property.

Alex Long, who bought the roughly 5,250-square-foot facility and 0.65-acre lot at 1901 Princess Anne St. last summer, has drawn up plans for how the property could be reused as a small brewery.

Long won’t redevelop the property himself but instead wants to sell it to someone who would handle the work. The asking price, $375,000, is about halfway between what Long paid at auction ($110,000) and the assessed value ($592,400).

Long noted that the property could also handle various office or retail uses, but he thinks it would make a lot of sense as a brewery. It has loading docks, electrical connections, natural gas and cold-box storage that are all suitable for such an operation. There is room for a drive-through window where people could fill their growlers, and grain could be ground on site.

An architectural rendering drawn by Herlong Associates Inc. shows an enclosed patio area at the front of the property that could add about 2,500 square feet of space. There is also room for about 30 parking spaces.

Long thinks any improvements to the property could help revitalize the Princess Anne corridor, which the city has long eyed for redevelopment.