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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) -

As the music played and guests tried the craft beers, the brewers of Yellowhammer looked forward to moving into their new home, a new building especially built to be a brewery, to be constructed on the grounds of Huntsville's old Stone Middle School at the corner of Clinton Avenue and Governor's Drive.

“We're actively going over plans for the building and everything,” said Yellowhammer founder and co-owner Don Milligan, “but we'll hopefully break ground on the new building very soon.”

Yellowhammer would become one of two tenants of the Stone Middle property under a redevelopment plan that would convert it into a craft brewing and entertainment center complete with an amphitheater.

The other tenant would be Huntsville's Straight to Ale brewery which would move into old school building itself, which would be partly demolished and rebuilt to accommodate the brewer.

“We're going to have a new brew house and a brand new tap room that will face out to an amphitheater that the city's building and we'll be across from Straight to Ale Brewing,” said Yellowhammer co-owner Ethan Crouch.

“You'll have two breweries,” continued Yellowhammer Head Brewer Keith Yager, “that will have some friendly completion and some collaborations going on between the two of them and with the amphitheater which will seat 2000 3000 people between it

The city school board voted to authorize superintendent Casey Wardynski to execute a deal for the Stone Middle building and grounds with developer Randall Schrimsher who already bought almost 4 acres of the property back in January.

“I think it's a huge boost to West Huntsville,” said Crouch. “Clinton Avenue and Governors Drive is kind of a hub. It's a gateway to downtown You've got two entrances to the inner city and I think it'll basically expand the downtown area a lot further west than it already is right now.”

Yellowhammer operators predicted groundbreaking for their new building in a matter of weeks with completion expected by fall of 2015.

“It's been pretty touch and go with the school board and the city,” said Crouch, “but everything's come together pretty well and everybody's pretty excited about it. I think we're going to make it happen.”

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