Pottsville's zoning hearing board has approved a variance that will allow D.G. Yuengling & Son to breathe new life into its old ice cream factory.
The brewery wants to use part of the building on the northeast corner of Fifth and Mahantongo streets as a gift shop, museum and waste-water treatment facility, officials said.
The building, which sits across the street from the family-owned brewery, has already been gutted and the roof is in the process of being repaired, said Donald Chescavage, the city's codes administrator.
City officials said they are awaiting the submission of formal construction plans to determine whether they meet code requirements.
The first floor of the building will include the museum and gift shop, both of which currently coexist inside the brewery; the lower level will be used for both storage and a treatment facility for the brewery's waste-water, officials said.
Yuengling constructed the building in 1920 and began making ice cream as a way to make up for lost beer sales during Prohibition. The company -- Yuengling Dairy Products Corp. -- began processing and distributing milk 10 years later.
The factory closed in 1985.