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Ford Site: A 21st Century Community


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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The City of Saint Paul will lead key urban design and planning activities 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 November 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.

Transportation Planning
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. 

Public Meetings

Upcoming Meetings  - flier with details to be posted a couple weeks prior to each meeting

Streets, Traffic and Parking - Wednesday, May 27, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Stormwater and Infrastructure - Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Jobs and Housing - Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Other topics and meetings to be scheduled for Fall 2015

Recent Meetings

Bicycles, Pedestrians and Transit - April 30, 2015 - meeting flyer
This meeting, hosted by the Ford Site Planning Task Force, focused on future infrastructure for bicycles, pedestrians and transit on and connected to the Ford site. The meeting began at 7:00 p.m. with a 30 minute overview of the topics, followed by a 1-hour "open house" for public input.

Presentation: Bicycles, Pedestrians and Transit for the Ford Site
Video of meeting
Topic boards at meeting
Input on the topics - photos of input boards and summary of the input 

Parks and Open Space - February 26, 2015 - meeting flyer
This meeting, hosted by the Ford Site Planning Task Force, focused on Parks and Open Space priorities for the Ford site. Meeting began at 7:00 p.m. with a 30 minute overview of the topic, followed by a 1-hour "open house" for public input on the open space topic.

Presentation: Parks and Open Space Idea for the Ford Site

Video of meeting
Topic boards at meeting
Input on the topics - photos of input boards and summary of the input

Ford Energy Study - January 29, 2015
This meeting focused specifically on the energy study. Participants heard about how redevelopment of the Ford site can use energy efficiency, a mix of energy sources, and smart design to achieve a "net zero development" by generating as much energy as it uses.

Presentation: Energy Study Update
Video: Energy Study Update Meeting (1/29/15)

Community Meeting - November 10, 2014
Mayor Chris Coleman and City Councilmember Chris Tolbert led a regional public meeting on November 10 to discuss development progress and priorities for the Ford site ahead of the sale of the site by Ford Land in 2015. This is the first of two regional meetings that will be held. 

Vision to Implementation
Decommissioning Update
Principles & Participation
Riverview Corridor Study

Video: Ford Site: A 21st Century Community
Video: Ford Site Community Meeting (11/10/14)

Public Comments from November 10 meeting

Press Conference - July 22, 2014
Press Release: Mayor Coleman positioning the former Ford site for redevelopment as a model of 21st Century Community

Video: Former Ford Site Getting Prepped for Redevelopment

Additional Information

Tentative Ford Project Timeline (includes key project activities described on these web pages)

Key reports issued for this site include: 

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