Former Hummelstown municipal complex expected to house Rubber Soul craft brewery

//June 5, 2019

Former Hummelstown municipal complex expected to house Rubber Soul craft brewery

//June 5, 2019

The former Hummelstown municipal complex on South Hanover Street is expected to become the new home of Rubber Soul Brewing, which was recently rescued from bankruptcy by a Harrisburg-based investment group.

Dauphin County officials said Wednesday that Rubber Soul’s new owners, a group of four midstate friends operating under the name Ghost Brewing LLC, are planning to repurpose the local government site at 136 S. Hanover St. for the brewery.

The brewery plan, which still needs borough approval before renovations can begin, was announced as part of a county news conference at the site. The county commissioners and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency were there to announce a new $300,000 round of county funding under the EPA’s brownfields assessment grant program.

The program funds environmental assessments of blighted or underused industrial and commercial properties, also known as brownfield sites, that could be redeveloped for new uses. These sites are usually associated with environmental contamination.

A small portion of the county’s last $400,000 brownfields allocation was used for an environmental assessment of the Hummelstown complex, which the borough vacated at the end of 2017 after building a new municipal facility. The Dauphin County Redevelopment Authority has been helping the borough find a buyer for the former municipal complex.

Rubber Soul’s owners said last month that Hummelstown was their target location for the brewery, but they declined to disclose a specific property.

Members of the group, who attended the event Wednesday, said the plan is to get borough approval on the new use of the property and settle on the purchase at the end of the month. Joe Perkins, one of the partners, said they are paying about $315,000 for the real estate.

The municipal building at 136 S. Hanover St. is about 5,300 square feet and sits on more than a half acre of land. The property also includes a single-family house owned by the borough at 130 S. Hanover St.

The group’s planned renovation of the site for the Rubber Soul brewery is expected to cost about $400,000. Trinity Construction Group in Steelton, which is owned by Perkins, will be overseeing the construction.