NORTHEAST - The Grain Belt Brewery has been a fixture in Northeast Minneapolis for over a century, but much of the complex has been deteriorating since its closure in the 1970s. The city stepped in to restore the complex in 1989, working with the Minnesota State Historic Preservation Office to transform portions into offices, Park Board facilities and a library branch. But there is still much more work to be done, and Preserve Minneapolis will host a tour several spaces on Wednesday evening.
The free hour-long tour will be hosted by a preservationist from Preserve Minneapolis and will leave at 5:30 p.m. from the office building at 1215 Marshall St. NE. The tour is scheduled to visit the office building and the bottling house, which now houses many artist studios. In May, the city will seek reuse proposals for the office building.