St. Paul task force aims for 'sustainable' use of Ford site

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 3, 2011 - 4:40 PM

The Ranger manufacturing plant is scheduled to close later this year.

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btaleenMay. 2, 11 8:37 PM

Please, let's keep the Highland Little League Fields.

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tcnorthstarMay. 2, 11 9:03 PM

Section 8 housing would be perfect for Highland,. it seems they have none

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rlwr51May. 2, 1111:43 PM

St.Paul can't control the sale but they can control the zoning.

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engae47May. 3, 1112:44 AM

Great location for new Vikings Stadium...

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mnfishrmanMay. 3, 1112:45 AM

Dream big build big. If government money and subsidies are being used, I'm sure cost is no object. It would be nice though if they fixed some roads and aging infrastructure that everybody uses before building a huge new tajmahal complex

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engae47May. 3, 1112:52 AM

Great location for Viking Stadium.

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mutt10RMay. 3, 11 6:54 AM

Do a contemporary version of Milwaukee Avenue. Keeps cars on the perifery, use subtley placed solar for power. Build small houses - think free standing condo units. Add small business that serve day-to-day needs, like groceries or restaurants and make them pedestrian/bike access only from the interior. Put a community center near the river bluff that has an elevated patio that can view the river. I'd move there.

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uglieMay. 3, 11 8:01 AM

From the article: "The plant currently produces Ranger pickups, which will stop when the plant closes." Uh, all Ranger trucks will stop when the plant closes? Or, just the production of the model?

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tulu777May. 3, 1110:25 AM

St Paul's own version of Utopia. Paid for with lots of Other People's Money I am sure. This "project" will be heavily subsidized and will in no way make economic sense nor make money when all is said and done. I hope they figure in the cost of a Choo-Choo for the place.

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twincitizen1May. 3, 1112:07 PM

The negativity here is just unbelievable! Grow up people. The glass is half full, etc, etc. I almost feel sorry for how bad your lives must be if you need to make up complaints about a simple site redevelopment story. The loss of manufacturing jobs is the only negative aspect of this story, but we've known this was coming for 5+ years. The Saint Paul Port Authority has done good work in the past (see Energy Park, Phalen Blvd). This is an opportunity to add housing and commercial space to an already nice part of town (Highland Park). I am excited to see the results, and I'm sure St. Paul will make sure that new development fits with what's already there.

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