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St. Paul unveils Summit Brewing, senior housing construction projects

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St. Paul officials had a reason to raise their mugs to toast the unveiling of two major construction projects in the city Wednesday, the Pioneer Press reports.

The first project is already underway, as crane operators installed the first four of 12 stainless steel fermentation tanks into the newly constructed basement of the Summit Brewing Co. Wednesday morning.

Each tank is 43 feet high and 12 feet wide, and will hold 18,000 gallons of beer, the Star Tribune reports.

"That’s a lot of servings," Summit founder and President Mark Stutrud said.

The tanks will help double Summit's production capacity to 240,000 barrels. As a result, Summit, which sells beer to 17 states, will avoid future shortages.

The $13 million expansion -- which is expected to be completed by July -- will also add more than 7,600 square feet of cellar space.

In the afternoon,

Wednesday, Mayor Chris Coleman and other city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking on the site of Midway Village, which is a senior housing project.

According to the Pioneer Press, the 173-unit, seven-story $45 million complex at University and Lynnhurst avenues will be the most expensive project to open along the Central Corridor light-rail line since the renovation of the Union Depot.

The opening of Midway Village is planned to coincide with the first light-rail trains running in fall 2014, the paper says.

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