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.
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.
Community Meeting - 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
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
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
Tentative Ford Project Timeline
(includes key project activities described on these web pages)
Key reports issued for this site include: