Artist-designed mini golf, brewery among early tenants at Silgan Building on Prior

Posted on January 10, 2015 - 5:27pm

Development of the old Silgan Container factory at 755 Prior Avenue is underway. Among the exciting early tenants already signed to the 480,000 square foot complex are artist-designed mini golf organization, Can Can Wonderland (formerly Blue Ox Mini Golf), and the neighborhood’s second brewery, Black Stack Brewing.

Can Can Wonderland recently put out a call for artists to design holes for the 18-hole mini golf course set to open later this year in a 19,000 square foot space on the ground floor of the old canning factory. The course will weave in and out of several historic train cars that are currently being housed in the space on two sets of railway spurs that run into the building. There are plans to bring three more cars to the space later this year, as well.

The artist-designed mini golf organization has been looking for space since original plans to have a course at the Schmitt Artist Lofts on West Seventh Street in St. Paul fell through last year.

Read more about Can Can Wonderland's plans in the Pioneer Press

The neighborhood’s second brewery also has plans to open a taproom and brewing operation on a different level of the building. Project manager Rod Musson says there are plans to paint the tower outside the building black for the forthcoming Black Stack Brewing.

The new brewery startup will join Burning Brothers Brewing as the second brewery in Hamline Midway, as well as Urban Growler, Bang Brewing, and the new destination Surly brewery that just opened down University Avenue in Prospect Park. Another new brewery, Lake Monster Brewing, will also be opening early this year in the new First and First development, Vandalia Tower, in St. Anthony Park and the Creative Enterprise Zone.

The Silgan building was purchased last year by California-based Orton Development, Inc., which specializes in large-scale, highly challenging rehabilitation and redevelopment projects, with a focus on repositioning large and historic properties, according to their website. Orton Development is also redeveloping the old Fisher Nut factory in the Creative Enterprise Zone at 2327 Wycliff St.

The Silgan building development will be phased in over the next two years, according to Musson, who is working with CBRE real estate firm to lease the space. Musson says they are focusing on creative and artisan-type tenants, and have a wide range of spaces available from rather small and affordable work spaces and studios to much larger spaces that could be leased to higher-end creative tenants like design firms or creative manufacturing.

If you’re interested in leasing space in the Silgan Building, contact Tom Lelich at or 952-924-4675.