Mpls. Grain Belt Office Building, Complex Celebrate Grand Opening

The buildings at the Grain Belt complex in Minneapolis have gone through quite a bit of changes over the years. After sitting empty for years, the old brewery's office building has been brought back to life.
Developer David Dye walked KSTP through a huge hall - roughly 3,000 square feet, to be exact. The main attraction in the room is the skylight.

"This entire skylight existed, and the skylight above the skylight did not exist. The structure for it did, but it has been framed over. Back in the day, it was built to be the accounting office for the Minneapolis brewery," he said.
In the basement, original tile floors have been rescued, and an old-style bar was kept as a reminder of times past.

"The bar is original; all of this is as we found it," Dye said.

Upstairs, there are completely renovated offices where Everwood Development calls home.

Because the building is on the National Register of Historic Places, anything historical had to be returned to its original state.

"The whole thing was paneled, so we came in and took that out because it wasn't historic," Dye said.

The new luxury apartments feature two, four-story buildings with 150 apartments between them. Dye gave us a rundown on a third-floor apartment.

"This unit does have an amazing view," he said.

Dye says the community had a lot of input on how things would look.


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