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Authority OKs grant for depot redevelopment

Superior's Redevelopment Authority approved a $50,000 grant and development agreement with Winter Street and Lakewalk Brewing and Cafe Company for the development of the Winter Street depot.

The grant, payable at the completion of the project, will support the nearly $1 million redevelopment of the former Soo Line Depot. The depot is the future home of Thirsty Pagan.

Thirsty Pagan owner Steve Knauss said he envisions not just a restaurant where people can get beer and pizza, but a destination where there can be events such as art shows, car shows, music and offers meeting rooms with seating for 120 initially.

"Seriously, the $50,000 is a huge help," Knauss said. "It is unbelievably a huge help and if you want to give more, you certainly may."

In addition to the grant, Superior Business Improvement District director Lindsey Jacobson said Community Development Block Grant money will help pay for the roof and gutter for the building, and a grant from the Superior BID could help pay for signage.

"I hope there's not opposition to this from what you've heard," said Mayor Jim Paine, a member of the Redevelopment Authority board. "The nature of this business and its location is exactly what Superior should be investing in. For me it's an easy decision to do this deal for them."

The agreement is expected to be considered by the Superior City Council at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Room 201 of the Government Center.