Redevelopment plans for former Ford plant site unveiled

4,000 diverse units, retail and green space included

Sloane Martin
October 11, 2018 - 5:32 am

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A local developer has unveiled plans for the former Ford Site in St. Paul's Highland Park neighborhood.

What Ryan Companies officials call an example of "mixed-income development," the plans for the 122-acre site include a diverse mix of 4,000 units, including options for seniors and affordable housing. Imagine single-family homes along Mississippi River Blvd. as well as denser row housing. That's in addition to retail and office space, green areas and pedestrian- and bike-only blocks, and the preservation of two adjacent baseball fields.

Ryan Companies Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development Tony Barranco told Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News Thursday he can understand the concern of some residents because the proposal is a major change.

"The traffic and density by a project like this is an important conversation," he said. "And so I think there are a lot of folks that still want to be part of that dialogue and we're going to be working hard to make sure that new road system and the new infrastructure will handle the influx of new residents and retailers that come to the site."

Ford began assembling Model T's at the site in 1925 and shut the plant down in 2011. The redevelopment could take at least 10 years to complete. Barranco says they hope to get started with basic infrastrcture next fall. Ryan Companies intends to formally putchase the property in the next couple months after approvals from the city.

Ryan Companies has developed several sites locally, including CHS Field in downtown St. Paul.

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