Ryan Cos. seeking $107M in public financing for Ford site
In order to achieve a “bold master plan” for redevelopment of the former Ford Motor Co. site in St. Paul, Minneapolis-based developer Ryan Cos. said that it needs more than $107 million in public financing. The money would go toward infrastructure, green space, a dramatic stream-like water feature and 760 units of affordable housing in what city officials hope becomes a high-density, eco-friendly urban village. Read More!
What's going on with redevelopment of St. Paul's Ford plant site?
Chris Coleman’s title was still mayor-elect when he got the news. A major employer in his city — a source of 1,800 well-paid, union jobs — would close. It was post-election 2005, while he was at the training school that Harvard puts on for new mayors, when he took the call that Ford Motor Co. would close its giant assembly plant. Read More!
Ford, MPCA say contamination shouldn't limit development of St. Paul plant site
St. Paul leaders have an idyllic vision of a bikeable, transit-oriented community on 122 acres by the Mississippi River, complete with a variety of jobs, housing types and mixed-use buildings. Read More!
In St. Paul, a glimpse at the future of Ford site
“After nearly a decade of community conversations, studies, and planning, city staff has compiled that information and will put forth the first draft of a formal zoning and public realm plan,” said Council Member Chris Tolbert, who represents the area. “We still have much work to do as a community as we move toward a final plan for this amazing site on the Mississippi River and in the heart of Highland Park.” Read More!
Saving the Ford plant's history
For the past 20 years, the history of Ford in Minnesota has been assiduously chronicled by local historian Brian McMahon, who is writing a book for the University of Minnesota Press, expected to be released next year. In the interim, the Minnesota Historical Society has released a 20-page e-book by McMahon that nicely crystallizes the plant’s extraordinary story. Read More!