ENKI Brewing and real estate development company Hartmann Communities have signed a deal to purchase the former headquarters of HEI in Victoria, Minnesota, and plan to redevelop the 43,000 square-foot building to include an expanded brewery for ENKI and a variety of retail spaces.
ENKI’s plans to utilize 20,000 square feet of the building at 1495 Steiger Lake Lane include a taproom, outdoor beer garden, private event space, and an upgraded brewhouse with an annual capacity of 14,000 BBLs—ten times their current capacity. They also plan to add a canning line, pilot brewing system for additional seasonal and one-off beers, and space for a barrel-aging program. The building is about two blocks away from ENKI’s current location.
HGA Architects, the company that designed Surly’s destination brewery, will design ENKI’s new space, which according to a press release they’ll seek subsidies or local aid to make a reality and are actively engaging in discussions with the city of Victoria and others to integrate the project into the city’s vision for long-term economic development.
Hartman Communities plans to redevelop the rest of the building into retail spaces ranging from 1,400-12,000 square feet, potentially including a hardware store and restaurant. The interior of the building will be mostly gutted, while the exterior will be re-styled with stone and brick accents, and individual storefronts and with signage and direct highway exposure.
With an overall price tag of more than $4 million, ENKI and Hartmann expect the project to be complete by the end of 2016.