The City of Saint Paul is engaged in the following work to position the Ford site for future redevelopment:
Zoning Research and Analysis
The city is drafting new zoning for the Ford site to guide future use and design. Public meetings to review redevelopment priorities for the site within various topic areas began in November 2014 and will continue through Fall 2015. Potential rezoning will be previewed for public comment in Fall 2015, with a formal rezoning proposal to be brought to Saint Paul Planning Commission and City Council for consideration in late 2015 and early 2016.
Jobs and Employment Workgroup
- brief description
This workgroup is evaluating 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 are working to identify neighborhood friendly employment types for the site.
Energy and Sustainability
- project description and timeline
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 is 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 and the City of Saint Paul. The study is expected to be ready by late 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 are being evaluated in concert with the zoning study and will be coordinated with other transportation planning efforts currently underway. The City of Saint Paul will hire transportation consultants to do a traffic modeling study of potential impacts from site redevelopment, to be conducted in summer and fall 2015.