As Ford's former Twin Cities Assembly Plant is redeveloped in the coming years, a 21st Century Community will emerge on the more than 125 acres of land situated along the Mississippi River. Saint Paul residents have spoken loud and clear: this site will be a livable, mixed use neighborhood that looks to the future with clean technologies and high quality design for energy, buildings and infrastructure. This site will support walking, biking and transit, and provide services, jobs and activities that every generation can enjoy. A 21st Century Community is about to unfold.
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On July 22, 2014, Mayor Coleman announced key urban design and planning activities the City of Saint Paul will lead over the next year to position this site for the future including:
Zoning Research and Analysis
The city will initiate work to rezone the site to guide future use and design. Public meetings to review zoning priorities for the site will begin in October 2014. Rezoning is expected to be completed by early 2016.
Jobs and Employment Workgroup
This workgroup will evaluate potential employment at the site and how to reflect the changing patterns of the 21st century workforce. Partners including GreaterMSP, Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Department of Employment and Economic Development, Saint Paul Port Authority, and Saint Paul Building and Construction Trades Council will work on identifying neighborhood friendly employers for the site.
Energy and Sustainability
An energy and sustainability study evaluating how renewable energy resources as well as energy efficient technologies can help achieve a site with minimal energy use profile will be conducted. Ramboll Energy will be conducting the study to evaluate options for renewable, on-site energy generation. Funding for this study was provided by the McKnight Foundation and additional assistance is being provided by the Environmental Protection Agency. The study is expected to be ready by summer 2015.
Ongoing transportation planning will address a multi-modal approach for residents to move between living, learning, working and recreating in the community. This will include discussions about linking to existing mass transit opportunities, such as bus and light rail, with walkable and bikeable elements. Transportation options will be evaluated in concret with the zoning study and will be coordinated with other transportation planning efforts currently underway.
Press Release - Mayor Coleman positioning the former Ford site for redevelopment as a model of 21st Century Community (July 22, 2014)