NOLA Brewing gets live music recommendation from planning commission _lowres

Associated Press file photo -- Kirk Coco, founder and president of NOLA Brewing Co., is seeking a live-entertainment permit to expand beyond hosting periodic special music events at the brewery..

Let there be music.

That’s the recommendation of the New Orleans City Planning Commission, which on Tuesday recommended approval for a conditional-use permit that will allow NOLA Brewing Co. to host live entertainment at the tasting room of its Irish Channel facility.

The company plans to present live music in its two-story tasting room. The brewery, at 3033 Tchoupitoulas St., was expanded to add the tasting room in 2015.

It includes a bar, kitchen, restrooms, office, walk-in cooler, storage space and seating on the first floor and a bar, restrooms and roof-deck seating area on the upper floor.

The Planning Commission’s staff recommended approval of the permit, “given the intensity of surrounding land uses, the (site’s) mixed-use zoning classification and limited residential uses in the immediate vicinity.” However, it attached 17 conditions to “mitigate the potential impacts of the proposed live entertainment.”

Mark Redding, of the Irish Channel Neighborhood Association, said the group largely supported the brewer’s request. Some nearby residents had expressed concerns, he said, but those were mostly addressed by the staff’s recommended provisos. Those include requiring the brewery to develop a noise abatement plan to address amplification, noise levels and soundproofing.

“We’re more than willing to do whatever additional things they want us to do with this space,” Kirk Coco, chief executive officer of NOLA Brewing, told commission members. “We’d just like to be able to play live music.”

The brewery already hosts about a dozen live music events each year using special-events permits, Coco said, but it needs a live-entertainment permit to expand beyond that.

The commission voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the permit.

The final decision rests with the New Orleans City Council. The site is in Councilwoman LaToya Cantrell’s district.

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