Plan offered for demolition of Ford plant in St. Paul.

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 10, 2012 - 9:05 PM

St. Paul officials and neighbors are beginning their review.

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tooty123Dec. 10, 12 8:37 PM

Sounds like a good idea to have Ford demolish and clean up the area for future development.

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ffedericoDec. 10, 12 8:48 PM

How much do they want for all the miles of underground tunnels they have? I'd plunk down a few thou for them. They might make good underground dwellings, bomb shelters, mushroom caves, or the like. There's a recent book called Subterranean Twin Cities that has a chapter devoted to their description.

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supervon2Dec. 10, 12 8:56 PM

Ironic. Union workers will be hired to destroy a building and company the unions worked to destroy.

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antisuburbsDec. 10, 12 9:09 PM

"mixed-use development" I like the sounds of that!

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alanam8Dec. 10, 12 9:30 PM

I still find it difficult to believe that the city of St Paul and interested parties can't find a way to re-use some of the existing structures for light industrial. That 1998-era training center - the one the state paid for - would be an ideal means to attract an employer to the site. Instead, the city is moving to turning the site into a place that'll attract service industry businesses (does Highland need any more gift shops and fast casual restaurants?) that'll offer part-time jobs, while full-time employment for the non-college educated workforce is pushed further and further out of the metro area.

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jorgensonjoeDec. 10, 1210:26 PM

How about a new St Thomas campus, they need space. And I didn't even go to St Thomas.

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alanam8Dec. 10, 1210:35 PM

Seriously - Apple has announced it wants to start manufacturing Macs lines in the US, again. Why not offer part of the Ford site for free to Apple? Odds are strong that the city won't get it, but the mere act/publicity stunt of making the announcement will let manufacturers know that St Paul is open for business. Is there ANY imagination left in City Hall? Or is City Hall really so interested in more condos built atop more Starbucks' and Paneras.

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chemnpDec. 11, 1212:20 AM

a wind turbine placed on the east bank of the mississippi would be able to take advantage of the western winds. while one turbine wouldn't make a huge dent in the energy demands of the area (probably enough for a dozen or so blocks), it most likely would pay for itself within 10 years.

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waynejDec. 11, 12 6:52 AM

Seriously, alanam8? What company in their right corporate mind would move to MN now?

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EleanoreDec. 11, 12 7:11 AM

I think Ford should be congradulated (isn't it amazing that responsible acts reccomend congradulation in corporate "citizens"?) for doing this tear down rather than following the well known pattern of other corporations leaving empty big box deserts polluting the environment and burdening communities. Way to go ford.

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