04/02/15 12:00pm
04/02/2015 12:00 PM
John King describes a proposed cider mill at Grapes and Greens

John King describes a proposed cider mill at Grapes and Greens. (Credit: Tim Gannon)

Will a hard cider mill inside the Grapes and Greens distribution center on Sound Avenue result in a nightclub-like atmosphere, denigrating the quality of lives of its neighbors?

That’s the fear of some of those neighbors, who came out to a meeting Thursday to protest a proposal to create a 38,000 square-foot cider-making facility inside the 108,000 square-foot building that once housed Blackman Plumbing and in 2012 was converted into the Grapes and Greens “agri-park” facility with $500,000 in funding from the New York State Economic Development Council.

However vacant space remains at the building; the application in front of the Planning Board calls for making alcoholic cider, with bottling and tasting onsite.

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03/09/14 10:00am
Grapes & Greens began distributing Port Jefferson Brewing Company beer on Monday. (courtesy photo)

Grapes & Greens began distributing Port Jefferson Brewing Company beer on Monday. (courtesy photo)

Grapes and Greens is not just shipping grapes and greens anymore.

The distribution company on Sound Avenue, which opened up in 2012 in the former Blackman Plumbing building, for the past six months has added beer to its core business model, adding to the vineyards and produce farmers it currently services.

“We kind of accommodate everything now,” said Jim Alessi, director of the facility.

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