The potholes of the Pepper Distillery campus are getting smoothed. In coming weeks, the parking lot will be graded and laid with gravel, and the driveways and entrances will be paved with asphalt, said Barry McNees, who owns the lot that serves the Break Room at Pepper, Middle Fork Kitchen Bar, Ethereal Brewing, Crank & Boom Dessert Lounge, Barrel House Distilling and more on Manchester Street.
Under pressure from the city, McNees agreed to move up the paving, which had been scheduled for late 2016. McNees said Wednesday that the paving, which will cost $85,000, would begin in the next 30 days.
When finished, about two-thirds of the lot will be paved, he said. For the rest, McNees said, they have applied for a water-quality grant of as much as $350,000 from the city, and a decision is expected in October. "The plan is to put in pervious pavers in parking bays, so the lot won't just slough off into Town Branch Creek," McNees said. The grant also would allow for rain gardens on the property, he said.