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Ford Site Decommissioning and Demolition
The City of Saint Paul is working with Ford Land to ensure that site demolition is carefully handled to minimize noise, dust and disruption, and that the property is appropriately cared for while the company searches for a buyer. Site demolition will include removal of the buildings and slabs, continued environmental testing, and fencing, grading and seeding as needed to address security, erosion control and aesthetics.

When vehicle production ended, the Ford Plant hosted several activities and training exercises for local, state, and national police, fire, and military units.

Major building demolition has begun and will take up to two years to complete.

Ford Demolition Press Conference
Ford Demolition Press Release

What's happening this month?
Ford Site - April 2015

Demolition of buildings and removal of building slabs on the main campus of Ford's former assembly plant site is complete. 

Removal of foundations and other sub-surface features is ongoing and will continue throughout the spring/summer.  Environmental testing of soils will occur as foundations and other features are removed, with testing reports submitted to and reviewed by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Grading and seeding to stabilize exposed soils will follow soil testing and proceed during 2015.

Future environmental remediation at the site, as needed, will be conducted under plans approved by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

The level of demolition materials accumulated on the site will ebb and flow throughout the decommissioning process. Ford’s goal has been to maximize the percentage of recyclable materials throughout the demolition process. Soil and concrete that is clean enough for reuse is being re-utilized on the property for grading and fill, prior to seeding. Some concrete crushing will resume on site in the coming months. Watering of loose soils will be conducted regularly to manage dust.

Grading and seeding to stabilize exposed soils will follow soil testing in 2015 and early 2016.

The former northwest corner of the original plant facade was disassembled and is being stored until a plan is identified for reassembly and use of the facade elements somewhere on the redeveloped site.

Prior to demolition, plant buildings were cleared of equipment, which was shipped to other Ford sites for reuse or recycled as scrap metal. Most utilities to the site have been disconnected, except as required to support construction trailers, security, and fire suppression. Removal of asbestos and other regulated materials from buildings was handled prior to demolition and transported to waste facilities specialized in handling such materials.

Demolition Activities
Preparation of the site for sale and redevelopment is a complicated and lengthy process as outlined below. Following are the main activities involved:
  • Equipment removal (2012-2013)   
  • Environmental decommissioning (2013)
  • Application for demolition permits from the City of Saint Paul and various permits from Capitol Region Watershed and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
  • Building Demolition (2013)   
  • Slab removal and related environmental work as needed (2014-2015)   
  • Environmental testing under the buildings (2014-2015)
  • Site restoration - includes grading of site, establishment of storm water drainage, and seed with native landscaping (2015-2017)

All decommissioning related activity will be limited to the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Truck traffic entering or exiting the site must be limited to 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Ford Land and its contractors have extensive experience decommissioning other properties around the country and are bringing that knowledge and expertise to the Saint Paul Ford site. However, each site is unique and adjustments for local circumstances are expected throughout the course of the work. Estimated timelines for the decommissioning work are noted above, but are subject to change and will be updated accordingly.

Master Site Plan for Ford Decommissioning
On December 20, 2012, the Zoning Committee of the Saint Paul Planning Commission held a public hearing on the application, which included a presentation by the applicant (20 MB) covering key elements of the proposed activities and techniques to manage impacts. The Zoning Committee voted unanimously to recommend approval of the master site plan to the Planning Commission, which on December 28, 2012, unanimously passed a resolution of findings and conditions for approval.

A copy of the approved application is posted below and a staff report about it can be found under the meeting date on the Zoning Committee web page. Ford Site Plan Application

**WARNING - Files below are VERY large, will be slow to load and view, and may create difficulties for dial-up or portable devices.**

Ford Site Property ManagerMike Hogan, Ford Motor Company at 651-699-1321 

Decommissioning Activities
Jim Exline, Devon Industrial at 937-209-9379 
or Steve Bill, CBRE at 513-766-1580

Redevelopment Planning
Merritt Clapp-Smith, City of Saint Paul at 651-266-6547

Environmental Assessment – Amy Hadiaris, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency at 651-757-2402

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