St. Paul planning panel approves plan to raze Ford plant

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 28, 2012 - 10:43 PM

The company proposes to start razing the Highland Park Ford plant this spring. St. Paul's conditions include control of noise and dust.

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cheiron55402Dec. 28, 1210:44 AM

Well...looks like we won't be using the building for anything. May as well just tear it down so more money can be spent building a new building.

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scottkyDec. 28, 1211:15 AM

Where is the preservationist outrage? How many buildings do we have left from the 1920's?

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maddyinmplsDec. 28, 1211:18 AM

How much "state" money did we give them in 1999?

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bik4u62Dec. 28, 1211:20 AM

There's far more money to be made by redeveloping the property, especially if they can sell to residential developers but only have to clean the polluted ground to "industry" standards. Boom times ahead for the local hospital.

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turgidDec. 28, 1211:30 AM

Seems a shame. I'm pretty sure I read an article a couple years back that touted all the great advantages of the plan, such as free power from turbines in the river. So Ford thinks that developers are going to pay top dollar for land that used to sit on a painting facility? Not sure that's going to be so easy in the 21st century.

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cavellDec. 28, 1211:41 AM

I lived in the neighborhood for years. The property is interesting in that it slopes downhill towards the river and would be cool to see the new buildings take advantage of the view. But if it's all houses/apartments than I would have no reason to visit the area. We need a good mix of retail to bring in traffic.

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mattaudioDec. 28, 1211:45 AM

Isn't Ford planning to pay for the environmental remediation? Honestly we're lucky with this one, as many other polluters are now bankrupt and do not voluntarily clean up their own messes.

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mrprogressiveDec. 28, 1212:11 PM

Does not seem very green to tear this place down.

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CountChoculaDec. 28, 1212:12 PM

While most of the plant is of no architectural significance, there is a very nice section of beautiful, original 1920s architecture that is largely hidden from public view, although it looks like you can see part of it in the above photo. It really is an outrage that they're not trying to preserve that. Could be integrated nicely as condos or retail in a New Urbanism kind of way, rather than being razed for a suburban style development.

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sabusakeDec. 28, 1212:13 PM

glad to hear something will finally begin at the site; as a Highland Park resident, looking forward to see what can be developed in such a large space

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