Met Council approves $500k grant for Surly's new destination brewery
This sketch of Surly's dream brewery has been floating around for nearly two years.
Surly announced plans for its $20 million dream brewery in February 2011, before it was even legal for breweries to sell their own in Minnesota.
So then the brewery successfully lobbied to change the law. After that, what was convincing government agencies to fund the $2.5 million in estimated environmental clean-up costs for the brewers' preferred Minneapolis site?
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In late September, Surly said that its chosen real estate for a planned 90,000-square-foot complex was 8.3 acres near the U of M. The mostly empty plot was formerly a potato processing plant in Minneapolis's Prospect Park neighborhood.
But the acreage, conveniently close to a future light rail stop, had been used industrially for a century, the Star Tribune reported, and carried that hefty cleanup price tag. Surly said it would only commit to the venture if it could secure public funding for the necessary environmental projects.
Now, the dream project is one step closer to reality. On Wednesday afternoon, the Metropolitan Council approved a $545,300 remediation grant.
The remaining $2 million appears likely to come through as well, the Strib reports. Later this week, the Minnesota Department of Deployment and Economic Development will announce its decision on a $1.5 million request.
Surly is looking to Hennepin County for the remaining $450,000, and though the County Board won't officially vote until Jan. 29, county staff have recommended support.
"Thank you Surly Nation" victory coasters from May 2011, when Gov. Dayton signed the "Surly Bill" into law.
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