Minneapolis eyes housing for Grain Belt Brewery siteby Dan Olson, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis, Minn. — Minneapolis city officials are asking developers to propose a reuse for a portion of the historic Grain Belt Brewery complex in northeast Minneapolis.
The city says it will sell two parcels of the site, including the Grain Belt office building, "as is." Minneapolis City Council Member Diane Hofstede, whose ward includes the area, said neighbors appear to favor housing on the site.
"We've just added one of our most recent parks along 13th Avenue along the riverfront so this parcel will be along a riverfront park," Hofstede said.
The Grain Belt brewery closed in the 1970s, and the property deteriorated. In 1989, the city of Minneapolis stepped in to save it from demolition.
The complex has national historic designation, and some of its buildings and property have been reused as architectural offices, Park Board facilities and a public library branch.