SAN ANTONIO -

In some ways it's the tale of two breweries. While the Pearl Brewery has been re-invented and is bustling, the Lone Star Brewery is abandoned and boarded up.

"You just think like, why haven't they done anything with that? You know, it's been there for years and years and years. It's just uh, it's very sad," says Patricia Castillo.

Patricia and her mother can see the old brewery out their store's front window. While working behind the counter at Eagles Corner Ice Cream Shop they have heard all about the Lone Star possibilities. The plans to have the once glorious brewery reborn, but each time the view on their street corner, remains the same.

"I was excited when I saw all that things was going to happen, and of course me being a small business, I said, 'OK, I'm in a gold mine here,' so, but all my dreams were going down with the river, because nothing was being done," says Minnie Castillo.

The last plan was two years ago, hoping to cash in on the Eagleford Shale boom, Aqualand Development President Mark Smith gave KSAT a tour. The old pool, the beer garden, the iconic mural would be saved. Less than a year later the deal was scrapped. For the most part the Lone Star Brewery has been closed to the public since 1996, and while the new Mission Reach improvements have beautified one side of the brewery complex, the other side has a rather noisy and unsightly catch-22.

The Newell Recycling Plant sits right next door. The Newell family owns the Lone Star property, and even though in the past the Newells have said they are willing to move their plant, they haven't been able to find a new site, so the plant, and the brewery, sit.

"That place is going to happen, it's just too good not too, and growth is moving south in some very serious ways. So it's like the Cinderella project waiting to be asked to the ball," says County Commissioner Tommy Adkisson.

"I've met with a couple of developers too. They thought they were going to get something done, but for various reasons it didn't work with the Newell family. To me that's the lynchpin for the development of the river going south," says Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff.

It’s a catch-22 that is frustrating for county commissioners and for a small family business.

"Why not us? Not only the North Side, we need help on this side," says Minnie Castillo.

Newell Recycling officials never returned KSAT's repeated calls for comment, but what's clear in all this, is that the future of this once-great brewery, lies in the hands of a recycling company.

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