By Scott Sullivan
The Saugatuck Township board gave its blessing Jan. 3 to a new wine making and selling operation proposed by Joseph Krajkiewcz at 6781 124th Ave.
Krajkiewcz and his wife Erica hope to start construction this spring on a 2,560-square-foot processing and tasting room in conjunction with a farm micro winery, vineyard and orchard north of M-89 and east of Blue Star Highway, near the south border of the township.
The board voted 5-0 to recommend that Michigan Liquor Control Commission grant Krajkiewcz a small winemaker’s license, which would allow him to manufacture and sell on site.
“That’s a step in the pro-cess,” he told members. “Then the LCC must approve it.
“That takes time,” he said.
The planning commission approved a site plan for the winery — whose building, driveway and parking lot would be on commercial-zoned land and vineyard/orchard on property zoned agricultural — Feb. 28 last year, provided:
- Any proposed lighting be approved by the zoning administrator before installation,
- The existing vegetative buffer along the west property line be maintained,
- An M-89 address be maintained for the facility,
- No orchard or vineyard access from private Old Garden Road, unless there is a residential location, and
- All surface water runoff from the parcel remain onsite.
The couple has planted three acres — two with grapes, another with heirloom apples — since then, plus built a driveway and well onsite.
“The work took more hours than I thought it would,” Krajkiewcz told board members.
He told planners last winter that 70 percent of the 40×64-foot building would be used for processing and the remainder for a retail tasting room.