SANDY, Ore. -- A plot of land is up for grabs in Sandy and the price is right.
Next to busy Highway 26 sits an empty 8-acre plot of land. But it may not stay empty for much longer.
"The sign says free land for brewpub, inquire at the AM/PM," said Mark Benson who owns the property and put up the sign a while ago.
He said he knows the sign is a bit unconventional, but he hopes it works.
"What I'm looking to do is entice a brewer to the community," said Benson. "What I'd like to do is create the next Widmer Brothers."
Benson said a lot of people have been asking about the opportunity.
"My email and my phone have been blowing up," he said.
Benson said he's done research on the piece of land and he thinks it'd be a prime spot for a brewpub, especially with so much tourism and traffic as people make their way to and from Mt. Hood.
"The projection for that site is 50,000 cars a day," said Benson. He added that number goes up to 90,000 on Fridays and particularly on holiday weekends.
Ultimately, Benson said he wants to bring more business and jobs to Sandy, and that's what the city hopes too.
"Surprisingly one of our council goals was to have a new brewpub in town," said Sandy Mayor Bill King.
Dannalee Dow lives in Sandy and owns Pioneer Coffee, right next to the empty lot. She said she thinks a brewpub will be good for Sandy and good for her business.
"I just hope if a brewpub does go in, I hope it takes off really fast and I hope it brings a good community feel to Sandy," she said.
Not everyone is all on board for more development in Sandy.
Alex Cox, a Sandy resident, said he would be okay with a new brewpub so long as Sandy doesn't grow too big too fast. He said he wants Sandy to "stay Sandy."
For now, Benson said the drawing board is open and he's looking for someone with a bit of creativity to show up fast.
"We're ready to go right now," he said.
Benson said he enjoys beer, but at the end of the day he said he doesn't want to be in the brewing business. He said he already has his hands full being a Ford dealer in Honolulu, Hawaii.
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