825 Glenwood Avenue site


The renovated building at 825 Glenwood Avenue houses a high-end audiophile equipment retailer and an interior design studio.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s (MPCA’s) Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC) Program staff provided technical oversight of the environmental investigation and redevelopment of the 825 Glenwood Avenue site.


The property at 835 Glenwood Avenue North was developed since at least 1889. Historical property uses included various manufacturing companies, an asbestos-manufacturing company, and a cold storage warehouse. Past buildings used coal for heat. An incinerator was used on site, and a railroad car loading dock was located on site.

Environmental issues

  • Site soils were contaminated with asbestos, arsenic, lead, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and Freon 113.
  • Site groundwater was contaminated with PAHs.

Redevelopment of the site

  • Defining the extent and magnitude of the soil and groundwater contamination in 2007 allowed for the site to be safely used and assured minimal risk to users of the site.
  • The site was renovated and is now leased as office and retail space to HiFi Sound and Abitare.
  • HiFi Sound is a high end audiophile equipment retailer and repair store.
  • Abitare is an interior design studio that sells furniture.
  • The site is near the Minneapolis Farmers Market and the Uptown area of Minneapolis.

Environmental and economic benefits

  • The new building at the site houses two companies that employ seven workers.
  • The taxable value of the land has increased by approximately $400,000.

Assurances received

October 25, 2007: No Association Determination issued to Urban Anthology.

Institutional controls

March 25, 2008: An Environmental Covenant was recorded on the site. The covenant limits the site use to industrial/commercial activities and prohibits disturbance or alteration of the contaminated site soils.

Project partners

  • MPCA VIC Program staff included Allan Timm and Shanna Schmitt.
  • The developer was Jeffery Herman of Urban Anthology.
  • The environmental consultant was Aaron Benker of Liesch Associates, Inc.