Ramsey County Back on Hunt for Developer to Transform Prime St. Paul Riverfront Spot

November 26, 2017 10:39 PM

Ramsey County is looking for a new developer to transform a prime riverfront spot in downtown St. Paul.  

Earlier this month, the Ramsey County Board approved a request for development at the former Ramsey County Jail and West Publishing buildings. The land is located at Wabasha Street and Kellogg Boulevard, and overlooks the Mississippi River.    

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Plans for a $225 million upscale hotel, residential and office space fell through a few months ago after the developer and county board couldn't work out the details. Now, the Ramsey County Board is looking for developers with the best ideas for the site.

RELATED: Ramsey County Moves Forward on Saint Paul Riverfront Project

People who work in the area hope the project will benefit downtown St. Paul.

"It sat for so long," said Leslie Grossmann with Subtext Books. "I'm hoping that we can rejuvenate downtown in a different way. We're starting to be a downtown again."

The Ramsey County Board hope to approve a deal and final design for the site by next fall.

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