MITCHELL — A pair of Mitchell businessmen who bought the former Kelley property from the city with the goal of turning it into a wedding and event venue have obtained a liquor license.

Austen Iverson and JR Heidinger’s application for a liquor license at the former Kelley property was unanimously approved by the Mitchell City Council during Thursday’s council meeting. The council was supposed to meet Monday, but a two-day snowstorm that brought nearly 2 feet of snow to Mitchell to start the week forced the meeting to be postponed until Thursday.

The liquor license will allow the sale and consumption of alcohol on the property, where Iverson and Heidinger are set to host weddings and events.

Although several nearby residents have expressed concern about allowing alcohol at the venue, which is located near their residences about 2 miles west of Lake Mitchell, city public safety officials have not recommended against the license, noting there are no problems with the property obtaining alcohol. license.

Iverson has previously stressed that the space will be strongly guarded and emphasized his commitment to being a “great neighbor.”

“We understand the neighbors’ concerns expressed by them and assure them that we will be great, friendly neighbors. We’ll be ready to discuss anything with the neighbors,” Iverson told the Mitchell Republic in an interview after the $1.59 million purchase.

The council’s unanimous approval of the liquor license was met with no discussion at Thursday’s meeting, indicating that alcohol is being safely sold and monitored.

Security services will be used to safely manage the sale and consumption of alcohol at the venue, Iverson explained at a recent meeting of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission.

After Iverson and Heidinger purchased the property from the city in the fall, the local entrepreneurs began the process of securing the licenses and permits needed to operate the event hall. Getting a liquor license was an important element of his future plans on the property, which comes with an immaculate 10,095-square-foot home, a large multi-use building, fish ponds and dozens of acres overlooking Firesteel Creek.

According to Iverson, the goal is to have the space up and running by this year.

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