The comprehensive zoning ordinance and zoning map for the city of Richardson have been updated to include Lockwood Distilling Company's planned packaging and distribution facility on South Sherman Street.

Richardson City Council approved the changes during its April 22 meeting, which officially reflect prior approval from council members earlier this month.

The context

Lockwood Distilling Company, which is based in Richardson and has a tasting room in the city, plans to open a larger production and packaging facility within the city. Company officials previously sought approval of both a special development plan and special permit to utilize a former Thunderbird Roller Rink located at 816 S. Sherman St. as a distillery.

A special development plan was needed because several of the characteristics of the property do not conform with visions outlined in plans for the railside subdistrict, which includes several properties between West Spring Valley Road in the south and Main Street in the north, and bordered to the east by South Sherman Street and west by North Greenville Avenue.

Both of the company’s requests were also recommended for approval by the Richardson City Plan Commission.

What’s else?

Lockwood Distilling Company co-owner Evan Batt previously provided no timeline for when the production facility will be open, but said the new space should allow the company to add more employees. He projected the company’s production team to double from 10 to 20 employees.