Surly Brewing gets key $545K grant to clean potential Mpls. site

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  • Updated: January 9, 2013 - 9:07 PM
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jbpaperJan. 9, 13 9:34 PM

Ah, I can just picture it now. Sitting out on the deck, a nice breeze blowing in a cloud of dust from the container depot. The smell of garbage in the air from the transfer station. The peace being interrupted with horns, trucks, trains and lift equipment. Paradise.

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duckhook101Jan. 9, 13 9:47 PM

Give them the grant, but only with the stipulation that they dedicate a minimum of half their production to "Darkness".

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jbpaperJan. 9, 13 9:48 PM

"... just down the street from a future Central Corridor transit stop,..." ---- Down the street, around the corner, down another street, around another corner and then down that street would be a more accurate description.

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cohortJan. 9, 1310:44 PM

some whiner doesn't like the new business coming into their neighborhood it seems.

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ecofmnJan. 10, 13 6:47 AM

I'm all for new business development, but man talk about feeding at the government handout trough here. Even with all this 'free' money, will this $20 million palace be able to stand on it's own when the handouts end? I'm pretty skeptical.

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jbpaperJan. 10, 13 8:09 AM

cohort; I'm assuming you are referring to me in your post. I'm not whining, I'm just pointing out reality which seems to be lost with the reporter and many of the supporters. If you think I'm whining, go spend some time in that area. Not just 10 minutes, a couple of hours over several days. Make the walk to the light rail stations. Another thing to keep in mind, the BNSF rail yard that is north of there (runs 24/7) is planning on expanding.

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tamjohn3858Jan. 10, 13 8:28 AM

The "handout" from the government is to clean up the site so that it can be productive again. Surly shouldn't have to pay to clean up a site that they don't even own yet. The site will need to be cleaned up no matter what type of business goes there, in order to make the property sellable. I'm happy that this area will again have businesses operating there. Good employment opportunity and great beer!

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cavellJan. 10, 13 8:51 AM

Do they want to make beer for sales to liquor stores or sell it onsite? Which is more profitable? Or has higher volume? I gotta believe there is a vacant warehouse somewhere in the cities they could move into tomorrow.

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cavellJan. 10, 13 3:03 PM

Uh no, the site does not have to be cleaned. It can be left as is. None has to build there. Let it sit. Turn it into a park.

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mspshadowJan. 11, 13 8:49 AM

cavell: "Uh no, the site does not have to be cleaned. It can be left as is. None has to build there. Let it sit. Turn it into a park."...Would you take your children to a park sitting on top of hazardous waste? Technically, whoever polluted the area should be paying to clean it up, but sadly they're long gone. Giving Surly the money to clean it up and develop it makes more sense than giving money to Ryan to develop land around the new stadium.

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