City discovers $8.8 million funding gap in $54 million ballpark project

  • Article by: Kevin Duchschere , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 13, 2013 - 10:57 AM

The Lowertown site is more polluted than first thought, adding $8.8 million to St. Paul’s cleanup tab even before the land is cleared.

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averagejoe55Jun. 12, 1310:09 PM

I'm shocked, SHOCKED to learn that the construction of a sports stadium will most likely run over budget. Who could've guessed such a thing?

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jhb8426Jun. 12, 1310:16 PM

Well, SURPRISE SURPRISE. Just wait 'til they start that new vikes temple.

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ekholmJun. 12, 1310:27 PM

100 years ago, this site was a St. Paul Gas Light company site; used to convert coal in to gas. The EAW prepared states that the site is very contaminated; including the fact that the ground water under the site contains VOCs, solvents, and other bad things. The plan st paul specified was to spend $1M to place a waterproof "cover" over the ground; and place fill on top of that. This would prevent the contaminated soil from interfering with the ball field, but the contamination would still exist. "As part of the redevelopment, contaminated soil will be excavated only to the extent necessary to allow construction of the new Site improvements, and contaminated soil will be left in place wherever possible."

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strib1991Jun. 12, 1310:47 PM

What's next, an arena for Women's Hockey?

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Truckman182Jun. 12, 1311:00 PM

$8 million, $15 million, $42 million???? the city of St. Paul doesn't care. It's not their money they are spending...

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jdlellis1Jun. 13, 13 5:15 PM

Let's wager that few, if any progressives respond with criticism for government expenditures overreaching regarding this stadium, the Vicings stadium and there was one other multi-million dollar snafu this session.

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