Surly Brewing seeks cleanup help with southeast Minneapolis site

  • Article by: ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 28, 2012 - 11:53 PM

Consultant: "We'd love to be brewing beer there in 2014."

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jbpaperSep. 28, 12 8:38 PM

Here's a better description of the property: It's across the street from a long warehouse with multiple tenants whose dock doors face the property. Behind it sits a noisy, dusty container depot (used for shipping not storage). Next to the depot and within smelling distance is a garbage transfer station. Between the property and the depot is a rail line that isn't used that often but there is a small area with multiple tracks where they repair rail cars. Behind the depot is a mainline track, sees a lot of use, and a couple of railyards with one which runs 24/7. These businesses have hundreds of trucks a day going in and out of them.

As for the LRT, the nearest station is over a half mile away and it's through mainly an industrial area that probably won't make for the nicest walk after dark.

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jarlmnSep. 28, 12 8:58 PM

These greedy capitalists want PUBLIC funds to expand their greedy capitalist business! The horror! How audacious! Oh ... wait ... They brew BEER? Really, really *good* beer, right? Well then, this is a company deserving of an Obama bailout, if there ever was one!

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ranger78Sep. 28, 12 9:00 PM

No corporate welfare. If these guys want the site, let them pay for the clean up.

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mn1nativeSep. 28, 1210:33 PM

hipster beer in a hipster neighborhood, looks like a good match.

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drudgemonkeySep. 28, 1211:40 PM

It's good beer, but I think the idea of this being a tourist draw is really a stretch. Let Omar pay for the clean-up. This guy is playing MPLS for clean-up funds like a cheap fiddle.

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DufferHSep. 29, 12 2:47 AM

How many jobs will it bring to the area? One would think that question would be asked of someone who has his hand out for over a million bucks in public funds.

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howlinjagsSep. 29, 12 3:31 AM

let whoever polluted it clean it up. if they aren't around, do the math to see if the ROI on new taxes collected covers the cost of the cleanup. if it does, make the investment w/ tax dollars. if it doesn't - then don't

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noggnbloggnSep. 29, 12 4:10 AM

The site is inappropriate for the use which is being proposed. Industrial waste contaminates the site, it is surrounded by activity which is incompatible with a 'tourist destination'. We are being promised a bit of 'pie-in-the sky' in exchange for a public subsidy. Choose a better (more expensive) location and there will be less remedial work needed. The stewards of our public money should not be so accomodating, let them pay for improvements themselves. Environmental remediation is never 100% successful anyway.

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nessmessSep. 29, 12 7:16 AM

I'd love to see them brewing beer there in 2014, "on their own dime"

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redstateSep. 29, 12 8:28 AM

Hey Omar, you want it, clean it up yourself. Ziggy already had his way with us.

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