Saint Paul Minnesota The most livable city in America.
Go To Search
Sustainability and the Ford Site
Mayor Coleman is excited about and strongly committed to redevelopment of the Ford site in a manner that utilizes cutting edge, sustainable strategies, to make the Ford site a national and international model for sustainable design and living.

There are many green design options for buildings, sites, and infrastructure that are being used and discussed locally and across the world. The City of Saint Paul will examine green design and building tools for potential use at the Ford site redevelopment, identify those that are the best fit, and determine how they can be applied in a way that saves money and resources, and meets the City’s sustainability goals. The Ford site has the potential to be a national model of sustainable redevelopment.

In Spring 2007, the Ford Site Planning Task Force prepared the following vision statement emphasizing sustainability for the project:

“The redeveloped Ford Site will balance economic, social and environmental sustainability in a way that conserves and improves the qualities and characteristics of the unique Highland Park neighborhood and River Valley Corridor in which it sits, while advancing the City’s economic wealth and community goals, resulting in forward-thinking 21st Century development.”

Three Components of Sustainability
The City will work to ensure the three main components of sustainability – economic, social and environmental – are addressed in redevelopment of the Ford site.

The Economic and Social components of sustainability may result in a development that:

  • supports a diversity of people;
  • includes a full range of housing types and affordability;
  • creates meaningful public gathering spaces, both in and outdoors;
  • adds a variety of businesses and services;
  • provides a range of living wage jobs for a workforce with varying skills and education levels; and
  • adds significant tax base to support high quality services for the community.

The Environmental component of sustainability may encompass:

  • energy conservation in site and building design;
  • alternative energy systems and on-site energy generation;
  • low carbon emissions;
  • waste reduction and recycling;
  • best practice management of stormwater;
  • a strong network of parks and open space;
  • an emphasis on biodiversity;
  • a street layout that supports biking, walking and alternative transportation;
  • the inclusion of bike facilities, transit stops, car sharing, and other features to encourage car trip reduction.

Information & Activities
Following is a list of information and activities that will inform the City of Saint Paul’s effort to pursue and refine a sustainability agenda for a potentially redeveloped Ford site:

Ford Site Sustainable Redevelopment Team – Funded by the MN Pollution Control Agency The MN Pollution Control Agency awarded a grant of $25,000 to the City of Saint Paul to initiate a Ford Site Sustainable Redevelopment Team to assess potential green design tools and thresholds to be employed in redevelopment of the Ford site.  The report identifies a sustainable redevelopment framework, performance measures, and implementation strategies to ensure high quality redevelopment of the site that meets environmental, economic, and social sustainability goals. Background Presentation, Full Report and Executive Summary

Sustainable Stormwater Feasibility Report for the Ford Plant Site - Barr Engineering Co. (August 2009).  Full Report.

Ford Site Green Manufacturing Reuse Study Bonestroo, Inc., Ryan Companies, Generate Companies, Economic Development Services (August 2009)
Final Report

The Cost of Sustainable Development Tools – by Joseph Parilla
Report on sustainable development tools and costs
Table comparing Standard and Green building costs

LEED-ND potential of the 5 Ford site scenarios
- by Michael Kisch
Powerpoint presentation of LEED-ND rating system and estimated scoring of the five scenarios. The potential range of points is wide in each case, since many of the points are based on specific design and construction details which were not included in the scenarios.

Sustainable Brownfield Redevelopment Event - Ford site case study (April 8, 2008)
Event description
Summary notes

Canadian Pacific Rail Spur - Trail Reuse Study Proposal

What Inspires Us
Redevelopment of the Ford site can be informed and inspired by other projects, trends, and ideas.  Below is a list of some articles, sites and information that can shape ideas for the Ford site redevelopment in one way or another.  If you have a suggestion to add to the list, let us know.

Future Twin Cities: What Life Will Look Like in 2040 and Beyond  - Minnesota Monthly, Jan. 2015

The New Urbanist Neighborhood -- 

'Bikes vs. Cars' Wages the Wrong War --

How transit stop design influences ridership - by Wyatt Prosch, Global Site Plans, March 2015

(Note: These sites have interesting elements and ideas; they are not prototypes for the Ford site.)
Stapleton, Colorado
Atlantic Station, Georgia
Dockside Green, Victoria BC

Contact Us
We welcome feedback on all of the above reports and activities, as the field of sustainable development continues to grow and evolve. Please send us an email if you have additional information and ideas to share.

Home | Contact | Site Map | Accessibility | Disability Access | Policies & Practices | Copyright Notices | Powered by CivicPlus