Invitation for Public to Engage on Ford Site
First of two regional meetings will outline priorities, progress and participation opportunities for creating a 21st Century Community
SAINT PAUL – Mayor Chris Coleman and City Councilmember Chris Tolbert will join representatives from the city, county and Ford Land at a regional public meeting on November 10, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. to discuss development progress and priorities for Saint Paul’s Ford site ahead of the site going up for sale. Residents of Saint Paul and the Twin Cities metropolitan area are invited to participate in the meeting that will be held in the Jeanne D’Arc Auditorium at St. Catherine University located at 2004 Randolph Avenue.
“This public meeting is an important part of the city’s aggressive plan to ensure the Ford Site will become a national and international model as a connected, livable and green site,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “I invite people from across the region to attend and to engage in the important work already underway, with the goal of attracting the right developer for the site.”
After hearing updates from city and county officials, residents will be able to provide their input and engage with staff working on key urban design and project activities that focus on energy, jobs, transportation, and zoning.
“The work underway is building on the development and community engagement activities that began in 2007,” said City Councilmember Chris Tolbert. “We have a lot of work still ahead of us, but I’m excited to share the significant work that’s been done to date and to lay the foundation for how this site will impact the neighborhood, region and future generations.”
The 125 acre Ford site is located in Saint Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood on the east bank of the Mississippi River in the Highland Park neighborhood. Next year, Ford Land will issue a national request for proposals to attract a master developer for the site.
The next regional meeting will be held in spring 2015 and will present the proposed zoning for the site. For more information, visit: www.stpaul.gov/21stCenturyCommunity.