Penguin City Brewing Wants to Give Building a New Look

YOUNGSTOWN – Penguin City Brewing Co. is planning an eye-catching exterior makeover of its building.

The brewer wants to paint its logo and slogan in massive lettering along the front and side of its downtown building and add a patio and landscaping.

The company has submitted plans and drawings to the city’s Design Review Committee that demonstrate the signage, as well as other planned improvements.

Penguin City purchased the 32,700 square-foot building at 460 E. Federal St., at the intersection of Andrews Avenue, in December for $575,000. The block-long drab industrial structure has sat empty for years.

The Design Review Committee will consider the exterior changes at its April 6 meeting. Penguin City’s application for review was submitted by co-owner Aspasia Lyras-Bernacki.

In addition to painting the exterior of the metal-wrapped building and adding the logo and slogan, Penguin City also plans to replace broken windows and transparent panels; transform a large truck door into a glass wall; and construct a patio and parking lot, with landscaping, at the front of the building.

The brewing company plans to move production to the building and open a tap room there by summer. Its $3.7 million project also calls for adding a restaurant and event center.

In February, Penguin City reached an agreement with DOPE Cider House and Winery to become a tenant in the building. DOPE, owned by Hannah Ferguson of Youngstown, will lease 1,000 square-feet in the building for a production facility and tasting room.

Pictured: Penguin City Brewing looks to open the first phase of their renovation project, which includes a tap house, this summer.

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