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Dubuque Council Approves Up to $2.5 Million in Incentives for Malting and Brewing Redevelopment

The Dubuque Malting and Brewing building (Courtesy: KCRG).

The Dubuque City Council has pledged its support for the redevelopment of a crumbling former brewery on the city’s North End. The council last night signed off on a development agreement to convert the former Dubuque Malting and Brewing Building on Jackson Street into a mixed-use development. City Manager Mike Van Milligen outlined how the building had fallen into disrepair under a previous owner. Last year, developer Steve Emerson purchased the building and announced plans for a $30 million redevelopment. Among his intentions for the complex are more than 100 apartments. Some neighbors expressed concern about the density of those apartments. Councilwoman Kate Larson, who represents the North End, also questioned why the vast majority of the units would be one bedroom or efficiency apartments. Emerson explained that the plans presented to the council are not set in stone and he will build to what the community needs. The council was being asked to approve up to $2.5 million in incentives for Emerson’s development. Councilman Ric Jones said he’d gladly support the project, believing it could be a major boost to the North End. Councilman David Resnick agreed, saying he’d rather the city’s money go to turning the building into something useable, rather than propping up a crumbling structure. The council voted 6-0 to approve the development agreement. Councilman Jake Rios was travelling and joined the meeting by phone after the vote.

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