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Brewery plan falls through in New Cumberland

A proposed brewpub restaurant designed to fill the former Coakley’s Restaurant and Irish Pub in New Cumberland is off, according to the developer behind the project.

Bill DeVinney has been working on a concept called Bridge Street Brew Works for most of the year. He told the Business Journal this week that he is forgoing the project at this time. A website and Facebook pages that had been promoting the brewpub as coming soon have been taken down.

“Maybe sometime in the future, but I am going to pass on the opportunity at this time,” DeVinney said, citing the high cost to redevelop the space. “It was looking like an investment approaching the $1 million mark to make it what I needed it to be for a brewery.”

DeVinney, meanwhile, is part of the team opening the Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant in downtown Hershey. Iron Hill is expected to open the new lcoation in November.

Coakley’s, which spanned multiple parcels along Bridge and Third streets, was a longtime borough establishment closed by bankruptcy in 2014. New tenants have been filling it back in this year after Mayor Doug Morrow and a group of investors bought the property late last year.

Other tenants are moving in around the former Coakley’s property, including a new Italian restaurant.

The brewpub space was seen as an anchor of the redevelopment.

Morrow was not immediately available for comment on backup plans for the restaurant space. In April, Morrow said he was hoping to see brewpub renovations begin in May and for the project to open by September.