Ramsey County Moves Forward on Saint Paul Riverfront Project

April 18, 2017 06:18 PM

A first glimpse at what a St. Paul riverfront development might look like was provided Tuesday.

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners authorized staff to enter negotiations with Cardon Development Group on a development agreement for Riverfront Properties, located on the site of the former county jail and West Publishing. 


The proposed high-density development incorporates a mix of uses designed to build on existing energy in downtown Saint Paul.

“We have been working for years to transform this riverfront property into an asset for our community,” said Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, who represents the area. “We are excited to work with Cardon to turn this vacant property into a first-class development.”

Ortega said he's impressed with the plan. 

"It looks great and I'm happy we are moving forward," he said. "This project fills that donut hole between Lowertown and the Xcel Energy Center."

Cardon’s proposed development, which will be further defined by a future market study, includes the following:

* A four-star hotel with 200 rooms.

* 300 market-rate housing units.

* 60,000 square feet of office space.

* 30,000 square feet of retail along Kellogg Boulevard.

* 1,200 parking stalls which will support hotel, residential and office needs.

* A public plaza allowing for vertical circulation to the riverfront along Shepard Road, and connecting to the proposed River Balcony.

“One of Saint Paul’s greatest assets is the Mississippi River,” said Jonathan Sage-Martinson, Director of the Department of Planning and Economic Development for the City of Saint Paul.

“Redevelopment on this site will play an important role in further enhancing downtown vibrancy and embracing our position as a river city. This site allows us to connect our downtown community to one of Saint Paul’s most incredible natural landmarks, and I applaud Ramsey County for entering negotiations with a developer who shares that vision.”

If the plan is approved, construction will begin next year. The project is expected to be completed in 2022. 


Joe Mazan

Copyright 2017 - KSTP-TV, LLC A Hubbard Broadcasting Company