Highland Together Oktoberfest at Wandering Leaf Brewing on October 12

Ford Site Redevelopment Pre-2017

2016 Community Meetings 

Community Conversation – Public Realm, Zoning and Transportation
Wednesday, November 30, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.Summit Brewery

Community Meeting:  Ford Transportation Study 
Monday, November 21, 2016, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Lumen Christi Catholic Community
Meeting Presentation

Community Meeting – Ford Site Zoning & Public Realm Plan 
Monday, November 14, 2016, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. O’Shaughnessy Educational Center
University of St. Thomas Campus
Meeting Presentation

Public Meeting – Preparing the Ford Site for Redevelopment, Thursday, June 23, 2016
5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church at Snelling Ave and Highland Pkwy

Ford Redevelopment Meetings 
Review input and Ford-related studies for the following topics. Discuss priorities, trade-offs, and how it will be advanced for the Ford site — through zoning, the public realm plan, owner/developer decisions, or otherwise.
Thursday, January 28, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Consider recommendations to the City on one or more of the topics:
Transportation and Parking
Energy Network for the site
Redevelopment – the economic equation (costs, benefits, and the market

Monday, January 11, 2016
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Consider recommendations to the City on one or more of the topics:
Parks, Open Space, and Vegetation
Office, retail and services

2015 COMMUNITY MEETINGS – Meeting Materials 

Community Meeting:  Summary of Community Input, Studies and next steps 
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Community Meeting:  Jobs & Housing
Wednesday, July 22, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.Gloria Dei Lutheran  Church

Community Meeting:  Water, Waste, Art & Greenery
Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Community Meeting:  Streets, Parking and Traffic 
Wednesday, May 27, 2015. 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Community Meeting:  Bike, Pedestrian and Transit
Thursday April 30, 2015 (rescheduled from April 16), 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran  Church

Community Meeting:  Parks & Open Space
February 26, 2015. 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church

Community Meeting: Energy Study Update  
Jan 29, 2015, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Cretin Derham Hall


FORD SITE UPDATE – November 5, 2015 


Building and slab demolition on the main campus of Ford’s former assembly plant site is complete.

The removal of remaining foundation and features found below the soil will continue throughout the spring and summer. Environmental testing will occur simultaneously as soils are exposed. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is closely tracking the environmental work, with weekly visits to the site to oversee the activities.

Future environmental remediation at the site will occur on an as-needed basis under plans approved by the MPCA.

Soil and concrete that is clean enough for reuse is being re-utilized on the property for grading and fill. Vegetative seeding will occur in late 2015 and early 2016. Some concrete crushing will resume on site in the coming months, and loose soils will be watered regularly to manage dust.


Over 200 people attended a regional public meeting held on November 10.
After hearing updates from city and county officials, residents provided their input and engaged with staff working on key urban design and planning activities that focus on energy, jobs, transportation, public space, and zoning.

Copies of presentations made at the meeting are online at 21st Century Community.

The next regional meeting will be held in spring 2015 and  \will present zoning ideas for the site.

What’s Next

Several key initiatives are underway to prepare and position the Ford site for the national stage in late 2015 when Ford Land anticipates issuing a Request for Proposals for a Master Developer.

  • Ford is progessing with decomissioning of the site. Environmental testing results are expected in mid-2015.
  • An energy and sustainability study evaluating how renewable energy resources as well as energy efficient technologies can help achieve a site with a minimal energy use profile is underway. Ramboll Energy is conducting the study to evaluate options to include renewable, on-site energy generation.
  • City staff is working on azoning and public realm planfor the site with the hope of making a recommendation to the Planning Commission at the end of 2015.
  • More community meetingswill be held in 2015. Stay tuned for details.

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.


Press Release re Environmental Study 062316
This is how St. Paul wants to put its storm water to good use
Pioneer Press – December 9, 2015
St. Paul looks overseas for Ford plant development ideas – January 18, 2015
Ford site: a loss transformed to opportunity – November 16, 2014
Saint Paul Offers Update on Ford Development – November 10, 2014
Ford Plant Rail Spur’s Reuse for Trail is Focus of $100,000 Grant – September 17, 2014
Dump Site – MPR – August 25, 2014
News Conference July 22, 2014
Perspectives on the Ford Plant – MPR – March 13, 2104