Building Demolition Starts at Saint Paul Ford site

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 10, 2013

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Building Demolition Starts at Saint Paul Ford site

Demolition signifies major step toward future of key redevelopment site in the city

SAINT PAUL - Today, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Saint Paul City Councilmember Chris Tolbert and Ford Motor Company kicked off demolition at the 150-acre former Twin Cities Ford Assembly Plant located on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the Highland Park neighborhood. Demolition will continue through 2014 to prepare the site for future redevelopment.

“The Ford site provides an unprecedented opportunity for the city and our residents,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “A redevelopment of this size - in the center of one of the state’s premier neighborhoods - comes around once in a lifetime. That means we have the responsibility to do it right. Our goal is to have this area become a model for sustainable and urban design that integrates jobs, housing, commerce and green space while managing to fit into the already established Highland Park neighborhood. The demolition beginning today means that this site is moving on to its next phase.”

Ford and the City of Saint Paul are working closely together to ensure site demolition is carefully handled and disruption to the surrounding area is minimalized. Site demolition will include removal of the buildings and all associated structures. Environmental testing is ongoing, and will continue throughout the demolition process. Fencing, grading and seeding will take place as necessary to address security, erosion control and aesthetics.

"The Ford site is located in the heart of Highland Park and is surrounded by a vibrant residential community and bustling business district," said City Councilmember Chris Tolbert. "I continue to keep close watch on the demolition, environmental remediation, and future planning by holding regular meetings with Ford, city staff and neighbors.”

Ford has played an important role in Saint Paul for nearly 90 years, and will continue to honor their legacy to ensure that redevelopment of this site advances in a manner which benefits both the city and region. Ford’s goal is to manage an efficient demolition that minimizes impacts to the surrounding community and maximizes the reuse and recycling of materials.

“Ford has a strong history in this area and we’re proud of our relationship with the City of Saint Paul,” said Ford Land Chairman Donna Inch. “We look forward to working together to redevelop this property.”

Saint Paul’s Planning and Economic Development Department has overseen numerous studies to prepare for Ford’s future marketing and redevelopment of the site. These studies and additional information including monthly project updates can be found online at www.stpaul.gov/ford.

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