St. Paul zoning committee OKs razing of Ford plant

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 20, 2012 - 10:36 PM

Company plans to start tearing down Highland Park site next year.

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ranger78Dec. 20, 12 9:43 PM

Can't wait to see what the cost to remediate the ground polution of this site will be.

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guth54Dec. 21, 12 7:11 AM

Ford wants to remove abandoned buildings, remove pollutants and re-grade the property...and you need the City of St. Paul's approval?? I would have loved to have heard the city officials tell Ford to "leave the property as-is"!

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naseth12Dec. 21, 12 8:26 AM

What a waste.

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alanam8Dec. 21, 12 6:24 PM

A monument to the City of St Paul's inability to envision this site as anything but high-end condos and Paneras to feed their inevitable residents. With the power generation and other on-site facilities, the site could've been re-made and re-marketed to manufacturers across the country, helping to bring good, steady jobs for those without college educations back to the Twin Cities. Instead, St Paul just ensured that anybody who would've qualified for a job at Ford must now work and probably live in the exurbs. There are lots of reasons why there's a widening income gap in the US these days, and short-sighted policy choices like this one are among the worst culprits.

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FrankLDec. 21, 1210:35 PM

People can't see what a gift Ford is giving St Paul. This plant was never going to make any more cars, it is too far away from the center of gravity of the auto industry. St Paul gets a nice piece of cleaned up land that can be redeveloped to generate more property tax revenue than before. Sounds like a win-win.

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alanam8Dec. 22, 12 2:53 AM

FrankL - That kind of thinking is what's hollowing out US cities, turning them into white collar enclaves that the high school educated simply can't afford to live in. Sure, high-end residential will generate more property taxes, but repurposing the Ford plant into light industrial manufacturing could generate full-time jobs that pay income tax, and allow workers to buy homes that generate property tax. Nobody is suggesting maintaining the plant for auto manufacturing - that boat sailed long ago. But it could be transformed and marketed to other manufacturers. That would be the real win-win - for the city and its job base.

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