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Redevelopment Success Story: The Surly Destination Brewery

When: Thursday, July 9, 2015
3:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Surly Brewing Company
520 Malcolm Ave. SE
Minneapolis, Minnesota  55414
United States

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Show up Early for a free MN Brownfields Event

Health Impact Assessments and Brownfield Redevelopment
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Join Minnesota Brownfields, the Minnesota Department of Health, and the City of Duluth to discuss the health impacts of brownfield redevelopment on the surrounding community. Includes a demonstration of a tool-in-development for communities to measure health impacts of brownfield redevelopment.

The MN Brownfields event is free, but you must RSVP.

Minnesota has a long history of successful and impactful brownfield redevelopment projects. The Surly Brewing Company’s new destination brewery is a shining example of how a brownfield site was transformed into manufacturing center and retail/tourist destination — transforming a neighborhood, leveraging millions of dollars in private and public investment, creating and retaining 250+ jobs, and repurposing a formerly contaminated site. The Surly story goes deeper than that — it is a story of entrepreneurship and of changing the landscape of an industry through tireless efforts leading to the passage of the “Surly Bill” and the ability for Minnesota craft brewers to sell their beer onsite.

Don’t miss this great event, as we will hear the Surly story, learn about this project’s site selection and complex redevelopment process, assess resources available for brownfield cleanup and redevelopment, discuss the unique architectural and design process, and enjoy high-value networking with economic development professionals from around Minnesota.


  • The story of the Surly Brewing Company – its past and its future
  • The project site and its history, its challenges, and why it was selected
  • Challenges and processes for remediation and construction
  • Building design and architectural elements
  • Resources for brownfield cleanup and redevelopment in Minnesota
  • Stories of other brownfield sites that are now breweries


Omar AnsariOmar Ansari, Founder, Surly Brewing Company

Omar Ansari started Surly Brewing Company in 2006. After outgrowing their Brooklyn Center location that was started in his parent’s abrasives factory, he set his sights on building a new destination brewery. Before that could be done, Omar led the charge for enacting what became known as the ‘Surly Law’ that allowed production breweries to sell pints of their own beer at their brewery. Construction began on Surly’s new destination brewery in 2013 and they opened the doors of their new beer hall and brewery to the public in December 2014.

Kristin LukesKristin Lukes, Assistant Director, Office of Brownfields and Redevelopment, Minnesota DEED

Kristin Lukes is the Assistant Director of the Office of Brownfields and Redevelopment at the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED). This unit is responsible for administering the Contamination Cleanup and Investigation Grant Programs, the Minnesota Cleanup Revolving Loan Program, the Redevelopment Grant Program, and the Demolition Loan Program, in addition to administering a variety of special appropriations for DEED. Kristin has been with DEED since 1999, and her previous experience also includes nine years at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency in the area of contaminated land, and as Minnesota’s State Brownfields Coordinator. Kristin served on the EDAM Board of Directors from 2007 through 2014 and was EDAM President from October 2012 through December 2013. She is a member of the Advisory Committee for Minnesota Brownfields, and she previously served on the Woodbury Economic Development Commission and its Business Development Committee. Kristin holds a B.A. degree in Environmental Policy from the University of St. Thomas, and she is a Certified Economic Development Finance Professional through the National Development Council.

Mia BlanchettMia Blanchett, AIA, LEED AP, Principal Architect, HGA Architects and Engineers

A Principal Architect at HGA Architects and Engineers, Mia Blanchett, AIA, LEED AP, has over 22 years of experience working on corporate and public building projects, with an emphasis on food and beverage clients and high energy performance renovations. Mia was named one of the Twin Cities Business Journal’s “Women to Watch” in 2008. In addition to the Surly Brewery, her award-winning projects include the modernization of GSA’s B.H. Whipple Federal Office Building, General Mills World Headquarters, Minnesota Zoo expansion, and numerous public library projects. Mia is a graduate of the University of Minnesota, with a Bachelor of Architecture.

Richard ManserRichard Manser, Senior Consultant, Barr Engineering

As a Senior Consultant with Barr Engineering Co., Richard Manser primarily works on projects that include groundwater, soil, geology, or brownfield related issues. During his 30 years as an environmental consultant, Richard has worked on a wide range of environmental site characterization and site remediation projects across the Country. He is particularly interested in re-development projects that convert underutilized urban properties into viable enterprises that support job growth and add to the local tax base. In addition to working at Barr Engineering Co., he is actively involved with the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District and is on the City of Edina Energy and Environment Commission.

Ann CalvertAnn Calvert, Principal Project Coordinator, City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED).

Ann Calvert is a Principal Project Coordinator with the City of Minneapolis Department of Community Planning and Economic Development (CPED). A life-long Minneapolis resident with a degree from the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, her over 40-year professional career at CPED and its predecessor agencies (the Minneapolis Community Development Agency and Minneapolis Housing and Redevelopment Authority) has been devoted to keeping Minneapolis a vital community. She has coordinated many challenging economic development projects, with a particular focus on riverfront development.


$30 for EDAM Members
$40 for Non-Members

The registration fee includes a behind-the-window tour, one beverage ticket, and light hors d'oeuvres.


1:30-2:30 MN Brownfields Event (This event is separate from the EDAM event. You must RSVP on their site)
2:30-3:00 Registration
3:00-4:45 Educational Program
4:45-6:30 Networking Reception, with a behind-the-window tour available

Sponsorship Options Available

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Premier Sponsor:

Northland Securities

Event Sponsors:

Barr Engineering Company
HGA Architects and Engineers


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