Snelling-Midway Redevelopment Site

Snelling-Midway redevelopment site map

Minnesota United FC, a North American Soccer League team, has proposed constructing a 20,000 seat major league soccer (MLS) stadium at I-94 and Snelling Avenue, as part of a  planned and coordinated redevelopment of the entire 34.5 acre site that also includes the Midway Shopping Center (property owned by private landowner RK Midway).  The goal is to create a new urban village surrounding the stadium that includes retail, office, residential and public open space uses.

There are two major planning components to this proposed redevelopment:

  1. Site Plan for the soccer stadium development
  2. Master Plan to guide redevelopment of the entire 34.5 acre superblock.

Two professional design teams worked together on the soccer stadium Site Plan (Populous) and Master Plan (S9 Architecture).  Both the site plan (applicant Minnesota United FC) and master plan (applicant RK Midway) were submitted to the City for formal review and approval. The City Council approved these plans on August 17, 2016.

A state-required environmental review of the soccer stadium and 34.5 acre superblock redevelopment has also been completed, in the form of an Alternative Urban Areawide Review. Learn More

The work of the development and design teams was informed by extensive public input opportunities, including the Snelling-Midway Community Advisory Committee. Community feedback was also received at a series of open house events and via Open Saint Paul, an online civic engagement platform. A separate Snelling-Midway Jobs Strategy Workgroup is also meeting to determine strategies around retention and attraction of employers at the Snelling-Midway site.

Public Input Opportunities

There have been numerous opportunities for community input on overall redevelopment of the 34.5-acre site, including: 

  • Community voice through the Snelling-Midway Community Advisory Committee
  • Public open house meetings
  • Open Saint Paul (online civic engagement tool)
  • Public hearings at both the Planning Commission (June) and City Council (tentatively August) considering master and stadium site plans

Formal Review Dates of Note

Planning Commission Public Hearing - June 10, 2016
Opening Remarks from Jonathan Sage-Martinson, Director, Department of Planning and Economic Development
For all related documents, visit the Planning Commission main page.

Planning Commission Vote on Recommendations - July 8, 2016
For all related documents, visit the Planning Commission main page.

City Council Public Hearing - August 3, 2016

City Council Vote - August 17, 2016
At this meeting the Council approved the Stadium Site Plan and Master Plan for the full 34.5 acre redevelopment site along with the T4 & B5 Zoning Code Amendment.

Documents (PDF format for download):
T4 & B5 Zoning Code Amendment
Signed Ordinance

Snelling-Midway Master Plan
Attachment: Item 7 Snelling-Midway Jobs Strategy Report - final draft.pdf
Signed Resolution
Staff Report
Attachment: Master Plan Staff Report Attachments.pdf

Stadium Site Plan
Attachment: Stadium Stormwater Management Plan.pdf
Attachment: Hydrocad report for Site Plan
Signed Resolution
Staff Report

Community Advisory Committee

Learn More

Public open house meetings

Previous Meetings:
June 7, 2016: PDF iconJune 7 Community Meeting - snelling-midway.pdfMeeting Presentation Video

March 15, 2016: Meeting Presentations - PDF iconSnelling-Midway Open House 03-13-16.pdf, 160303 Midway Open House 3-15-16, Meeting Presentation Video

January 26, 2016: Meeting Presentations - PDF icon Snelling-Midway community meeting 01-26-16.pdf160107_Midway Concept Plans-med res.pdfMeeting Presentation Video

November 30, 2015: Meeting Presentation, Meeting Presentation Video, PDF icon Snelling-Midway 11-30 Feedback SummaryPDF iconSnelling-Midway Open Saint Paul Results - December 2015

Background Information

In 2014 the City of Saint Paul, Metropolitan Council, and RK Midway LLC entered into a Memorandum of Agreement to consider a coordinated redevelopment of the Snelling Midway superblock. Using the Snelling Station Area Plan as the basis, the parties engaged a real estate consultant team to develop recommendations for how the three parties could cooperate to pursue transit-oriented development on the entire 34.5-acre site

Snelling-Midway Smartsite TOD Redevelopment Strategy – Report of Findings and Recommendations

The report provided recommendations on elements for achieving high quality transit-oriented development on the site and made suggestions on methods of phasing, financing, placement, character, and process to help align the site with projected market conditions and the City of Saint Paul’s adopted Snelling Station Area Plan.

Site Highlights

  • 34.5 acre area bounded by University Ave., Snelling Ave., I-94, and Pascal St. It includes the Midway Shopping Center, and 15 acres of vacant property to the south.
  • Metropolitan Council/Metro Transit owns 10 acres at the northeast corner of Snelling & I-94. RK Midway LLC owns the remaining property on the Snelling Site.
  • Current Businesses: 41
  • Parking Spaces: approximately 1,587 spaces (1,257 marked)
  • Current Average Daily Traffic Volumes: Snelling = 35,000; University = 24,000
  • Projected LRT Ridership: 2,900 boardings at the Snelling Station and 41,000 daily Green Line riders (by 2030)
  • Floor Area Ratio (FAR): 0.32 for existing development, 1.0 required for new development
  • Population (approximate travel times):
    • Within .5 mile = 3,712 (20 minute walk)
    • Within 1 mile = 23,132 (10 minute bike ride)
    • Within 2 miles = 79,539 (10 minute bus/LRT ride)
    • Within 5 miles = 393,696 (15 minute drive)