April 14, 2000
Last Update: 5/6/2000
|A gathering of design professionals and neighborood leaders brainstormed
potential uses for the former Hamm Brewery. This successful event, called
a charette, was held on April 14 at the Brewery complex itself. The
space was lavishly decorated for the event with oriental rugs, potted plants,
and colorful swags.
Howard Gelb, owner of the complex, gave a welcome speech to the group. He spoke of the site's current status as well as his hopes for its future.
Weiming Lu, President of Lowertown Redevelopment, spoke from his years of experience in industrial building conversion in downtown Saint Paul and elsewhere. Lu outlined the practical considerations of establishing a "New Urban Village" at the Hamm site.
A picnic lunch in Swede Hollow Park provided participants with the opportunity to appreciate the natural setting of the Brewery complex.
Participants in the charette included architects, artists, and neighborhood
leaders. Many exciting ideas were generated by the charette for future
use of the brewery buildings, from schools to art galleries, high tech
offices to apartments. The buildings are in use now by a variety
of light industrial companies. But the long range plans envisioned
by neighbors and designers involve an integrated urban village. For
more information call Karin at 776-0550.
|Pictured left to right. Seated: Weiming Lu, Murph Dawkins, Romie Slowiak, Mark Thompson, Sarah Fehr, Jackie Moscio, Christine Baeumler, John Davis. Standing: Jim McComb, Brian Houwman, David Alley, Jerry Allan, Gary Findell, Rick Carter, Keith Braafladt. Not pictured: Howard Gelb, George Sherman, Bruce A. Lilly, Karin DuPaul, Katheryn Anderson, Stacy Becker, Steve Wellington.|