Taylor revitalization boasts downtown lofts, microbrewery

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by Melanie Torre | Thursday, February 18th 2016

TAYLOR, Texas — Finding an affordable home within the Austin city limits can be tough, and as people look at moving elsewhere Taylor hopes to make the cut of places families and businesses will consider.

The historic McCrory-Timmerman building at 2nd and Main Street was once a department store with a neighboring hotel. After sitting vacant for years, it’s now bursting with creative minds.

“There’s a real strong arts community that I think people don’t know is out here,” explains Judy Blundell. Blundell is a Taylor resident and part owner of the McCrory-Timmerman building.

“People just want to be in it and be part of it,” she says.

When renovations are complete, the mixed-use development will consist of residential lofts, office space, a coffee shop and a microbrewery.

“We thought the next best thing to add to such a vibrant community would be craft beer,” says JD Gins, co-founder and Brewmaster at Texas Beer Co.

Gins and his business partner moved Texas Beer Co. to Taylor after recognizing little growth east of Austin.

“not a lot of competition [but] a lot of people who want something fun to do in Taylor are going to have that opportunity here soon,” he explains.

The brewery’s fermenters arrived Thursday. They’ll be brewing onsite in about a month.

“There’s a lot of opportunity in Taylor. It’s a very affordable place to live, great neighborhoods, cool people and it’s been kind of an effort to revitalize the whole community,” says Gins.

“I think it’s wonderful to be in the middle of urban everything when you’re in your 20s, but I think as your discover more about who you are it’s nice to be in a place where you can grow into that person and you’re not constantly being poked to death by your neighbors and the noise the rules,” adds Blundell.

The housing market is seeing significant growth in Taylor as new construction pops up and sells fast, and Blundell sees more growth on the horizon as more people seek a simpler way of life.

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