Surly Brewing Gets Met Council Handout
By Andrew Richter
OK I have nothing against Surly Brewing but check out this story;
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.
Livable Communities Program? So do I live in an Unlivable Community?
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.
It’s nice to know our tax dollars are going to a private business in an 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.
Here’s question; what happened to the free market? Do other businesses get taxpayer money for “clean up?” If one business get money and another doesn’t how is that fair?
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.
OOOOOOHHHH! So perhaps that’s the REAL reason! This must be some transit oriented development or TOD since we know of course light rail won’t pay for itself. I wonder if they’d get money if they weren’t by light rail???
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.
I suppose all this is an “investment” right????