Development Opportunity: the Original Hamm’s 

Located in the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood, this 4.8-acre property provides the opportunity for transformative development that adds jobs and housing while connecting the community to nearby businesses and amenities, such as Swede Hollow Park and the Bruce Vento Regional Trail. Located just one mile from downtown Saint Paul and close to multiple transit lines, the site is perfectly positioned to take full advantage of Saint Paul’s growth while simultaneously reflecting and preserving an important piece of its history.

DEADLINE EXTENDED TO FRIDAY, APRIL 29, 2022

Download the Request for Proposals (updated January 12, 2022) 

Questions and Answers Document (updated January 20, 2022)

Saint Paul’s redevelopment vision for an East Side anchor

Built upon the community engagement and recommendations from the 2004 Hamm’s Brewery Reuse Study and Vision Plan (Exhibit 1); the 2009 Dayton’s Bluff District Plan (Exhibit 2); the 2012 Near East Side Roadmap (Exhibit 3); the 2019 Swede Hollow Master Plan (Exhibit 4); and Saint Paul’s 2040 Comprehensive Plan (Exhibit 5), the HRA seeks development proposals that:

  1. Rehabilitate and revitalize the site and historic brewery buildings, enhancing the vitality of the East Side of Saint Paul.
  2. Maximize housing and/or jobs for the community.
  3. Enhance neighborhood connectivity and access to nearby Swede Hollow Park, Bruce Vento Regional Trail and existing businesses within the Hamm’s Brewery Complex.
  4. Have a viable financial plan and timeline, reflecting an experienced developer team.
  5. Have a plan to engage and involve the surrounding community in the project.
  6. Prioritize equitable outcomes in the development process and proposed uses.

History and background

Historic Photo of Hamm's Brewery - Minnesota Historical Society

The Theodore Hamm Brewing Company was established in 1865 by German immigrant Theodore Hamm. The brewery grew through the late 19th and early 20th centuries, becoming an iconic East Side employer and influencing the development of the surrounding Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood. Hamm’s expanded to be the fifth largest brewery in the nation by the 1950s, with the Saint Paul location as its flagship.

In the latter half of the century, the brewery was sold multiple times before operating as Stroh’s from 1983 until the brewery’s closure in 1997. The oldest remaining brewery buildings south of Minnehaha Avenue sat vacant after the closure of the brewery. In 2004, the HRA acquired the southern portion of the brewery to protect and expand Swede Hollow Park as well as provide new jobs and housing opportunities on the East Side in a reinvigorated brewery complex.

To date, the HRA has completed the sale and redevelopment of three parcels within the Hamm’s Brewery Complex:

  • 688 Minnehaha Ave., redeveloped as Saint Paul Brewing (formerly known as Flat Earth Brewing);
  • 704 Minnehaha Ave., redeveloped as 11 Wells Distillery; and
  • 700 Minnehaha Ave., redeveloped as an aquaponics operation (formerly Urban Organics). This property is now listed for sale by the private property owner. Learn more about 700 Minnehaha Ave.

Building design materials

To request floor plans (pdf), maps, and additional photos of existing buildings, please submit a request. Pending approval, the additional design materials will be available for download for the purposes of this RFP.

Request building design materials

Historical photos courtesy of the Minnesota Historical Society and Ramsey County Historical Society.

Site overview

Map of Hamm's Brewery Site Location

 

Map of Available Property

 

 

 

  • Address: 680 and 694 Minnehaha Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55106
  • 165,000+ in total existing building square footage
  • 4.8-acre site
  • Designated “Mixed-Use Opportunity Site” allowing for higher density, mixed-use development with potential for flexible rezoning
  • Excellent location and access:
    • One mile from Downtown Saint Paul
    • Adjacent to Swede Hollow Park and the Bruce Vento Regional Trail
    • Near the Payne Avenue corridor in the historic Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood on the East Side
    • Downtown Saint Paul skyline views
    • Multiple nearby transit lines; 1/3 mile to a future Purple Line Bus Rapid Transit station
  • Potential to combine development with privately-owned 700 Minnehaha Ave. property – a 48,000-square-foot brewery stock house, most recently used as an aquaponics operation
  • Located in a Federal Opportunity Zone 

Site Tours

Tours of the Hamm’s Brewery Complex will be available for development teams. To schedule a tour time, please contact Laura Haynssen at laura.haynssen@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

The HRA reserves the right to limit tour sizes and availability based on weather, site conditions, schedule concerns, or for any other reason.

Take a virtual tour of the site!

Submission and process timeline

Clarifying RFP questions are due by Friday, April 15, 2022 at 5 p.m. CST.

Questions may be submitted at any time, up until Friday, April 15.

Questions should be emailed to Laura Haynssen at laura.haynssen@ci.stpaul.mn.us. Answers will be compiled and posted on the project webpage at StPaul.gov/Hamms as soon as possible, approximately weekly. The final responses to questions will be posted on Friday, April 22.

Proposals are due Friday, April 29, 2022, by 4 p.m. CST.

To submit a proposal, you must request an upload folder through the City’s SharePoint system. Only one person per team will be able to upload materials. Please request your folder at least a few days before the due date (one week or more preferred).  Staff may not be able to accommodate same-day requests. Proposal materials should be uploaded as a single PDF file.  

Request a Proposal Upload Folder

For more information on submission process, please contact Laura Haynssen at laura.haynssen@ci.stpaul.mn.us, or Erika Byrd at erika.byrd@ci.stpaul.mn.us

For more information on proposal requirements, please read the full request for proposals.

Last Edited: January 20, 2022