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Plans for Basketville joint venture change

BT's looks to Route 20 location

A plan by Pioneer Brewing Co. is still on the table for the Basketville location. File photo. (click for larger version)
November 03, 2009
STURBRIDGE — For those excited about the prospect of sitting down to an ice-cold fresh beer and a plate full of some of the best barbeque around, you may still be able to — just not in the same location as previously thought.

The joint venture of B.T.'s Smokehouse and Pioneer Brewing Company moving into the former Basketville building is no longer a go.

Phone calls to Todd Sullivan of Pioneer were not returned as of press time, but from the smokehouse side of things, the plan has fallen through.

Brian Treitman of B.T.'s said despite the support the proposal received, the necessary funding is simply not there.

A 50-percent tax break was granted to the project at a Special Town Meeting earlier this year as an incentive to move the project, which would have required some indoor renovations, forward. The tax incentive was granted partially due to Basketville being specifically named by the town as a prime development locale because of its vacancy and placement on Main Street.

Treitman explained that a loan needed for the project to proceed was not available from the Small Business Administration (SBA).

"We were trying to get a loan they offer," Treitman said. "They said something about Sturbridge not being a viable place to lend in."

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