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Panel ponders grant to cleanup Mpls. site for Surly brewery

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A Metropolitan Council committee is expected to decide on Monday whether to recommend a $500,000 grant to clean up an industrial site in southeast Minneapolis, MPR reports. The Surly Brewing Co. is eying the 8.3-acre piece of property to build a $20 million brewery, bar, event center and beer garden.

The Brooklyn Center-based brewery is seeking a total of $2.5 million to cleanup the Minneapolis location near the future Central Corridor light rail line and the University of Minnesota.

Last year, Gov. Mark Dayton signed a bill, that Surly successfully helped lobby, to legalize so-called brewery taprooms.

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