Surly Brewing Co. secures Met Council funding

The first of three grants applied for by Surly Brewing Co. in Brooklyn Center to open a new brewery was approved by the Metropolitan Council last week. Funding, $545,300, was approved as part of the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities program to clean up sites for redevelopment.
Surly Brewing Co.’s plans are to build a new brewery with a restaurant, beer garden and potentially an event center. In October 2012, the company was considering two sites in Minneapolis, one in Brooklyn Center and another undisclosed location.
Surly hired TEGRA Group to help with the site search. Tom Hauschild from TEGRA could not be reached for comment about the status of the project last week.
According to the Metropolitan Council, the grant will fund the cleanup of a vacant 8.3-acre industrial site in Minneapolis.
In October, Hauschild said that site is in the southeast Minneapolis Prospect Park neighborhood at Malcom Avenue and 5th Street Southeast.
The Prospect Park site is close to the Central Corridor Light Rail and in an area where a number of developments are approved for construction or already in the works.
Surly Brewing Co. is looking for a site that is close to public transportation and has room for parking and future growth.
Grant applications for the project are pending in Hennepin County and with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED).
Kevin Carroll, a principal project coordinator for the city of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development, said earlier this month that DEED has not issued any grants yet.
The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners recommended several requests for grants from its Environmental Response Fund be reviewed by committees this week. Money from a mortgage registry and deed tax supports the Environmental Response Fund for cleanup of properties in development. The legislature did not renew the tax for the fund starting Jan. 1, but there is still money available to issue grants now and in spring, said Hennepin County Environmental Services Assistant Director Rosemary Lavin.
Surly requested $450,000 from the fund and the county board is scheduled to vote on it and several other grants on Tuesday, Jan. 29.
The Metropolitan Council’s grants for brownfield cleanup are issued twice per year and usually total about $5 million.
“The Livable Communities grants for brownfield cleanup are an important tool for local governments to help create jobs and promote economic development,” said Metropolitan Council Chair Susan Haigh in a press release.
“The resources we are allocating now will help clean up 44 acres, create or retain 1,400 jobs, increase the net tax base by $2.4 million, help to produce 158 affordable housing units and encourage nearly $200 million in private investment,” she said.
Other redevelopment projects are underway with the Metropolitan Council grant funding in Edina, Hopkins, Robbinsdale, Mahtomedi, Newport, Minneapolis and St. Paul.

Contact Katy Zillmer at katy.zillmer@ecm-inc.com.

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