Development Opportunity: the Original Hamm’s Brewery Complex

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.


January 2023

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority officially awarded tentative developer status to JB Vang Partners, Inc. on January 11, 2023.

December 2022

A selection committee comprised of staff from several City departments recommended JB Vang Partners, Inc. as the tentative developer for the original Hamm’s Brewery Complex following an extensive request for proposals (RFP) and review process. Read the press release.

Request for Proposal Details

The submission deadline has passed.

The HRA received five proposals, from teams led by:

  • Clapp Investments, LLC
  • The HOPE Program
  • JB Vang Partners
  • Kingdom Realty
  • Trellis Co.

Pursuant to Minnesota Statute § 13.591, only the names of the proposers are public data at this time. All other data in a response to an RFP is not public until completion of the evaluation process.

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

Questions and Answers Document (Final - April 21, 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.

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
  • Located in a Federal Opportunity Zone

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., previously redeveloped as an aquaponics operation (formerly Urban Organics). This property has recently been purchased by a private property owner.

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

Take a virtual tour of the site!

Last Edited: January 17, 2023