A proposal by Smuttynose Brewing Co. to construct a new brewery and restaurant off Route 1 is dead after Portsmouth the City Council denied a proposed zoning change that would have been the first step in the process.
Some of the opposition seems pretty provincial (but then we are biased):
Kathleen Hersey of 1761 Lafayette Road also opposed the change because she worried it would devalue her property.
“I can’t imagine anyone would want to look out their living room window and see an industrial plant in their neighborhood,” she said.
Others like Tim Ellis of 1781 Lafayette Road worried about odors. “How do I live in my house if it smells. You can go by the brewery right now and it smells,” he said.
Some people have short memories. Founder Peter Egelston pointed out he invested in Portsmouth downtown in the late 1980s when he was told it was foolish to do so.