Arden Hills 'Still Moving Forward' on Rice Creek Commons Project Despite County Cutting Resources

November 15, 2018 10:21 PM

The community of Arden Hills had a chance to weigh in on the massive development project that's planned for a former ammunition plant Thursday.

This comes just a week after Ramsey County officials decided to cut back resources on the Rice Creek Commons Development.

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Thursday's meeting was hosted by the city of Arden Hills, and city officials addressed the idea of a civic center on the site.

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But ever since the county announced they're scaling back resources, some residents feel a little out of the loop on what's going on. 

"I didn't learn a whole lot tonight but my take on this in recent weeks is the process of developing this large project which has been going on ever since the mid-90s is in a standstill after we had so much momentum going forward because of a disagreement between the county and the city," said Gregg Larson, a resident of Arden Hills.

Renderings for the 427-acre site show it located at the intersection of Interstate 35 west and Highway 10 in Arden Hills. It calls for a mixture of houses, apartments, retail and green space.

RELATED: Rice Creek Commons Project On Rocky Ground

For much of Thursday's meeting, the city discussed the idea of adding a civic center and asked residents to give them feedback. The idea drew mixed reactions from the crowd.

This development has been in the works for years. But just last week, Ramsey County officials said they were scaling back their resources, questioning the usage of taxpayer dollars and the number of housing units on the site. Arden Hills Mayor David Grant stresses they're moving forward with the project. 

"From a city perspective we know the county has pulled back resources but we're still moving forward, we're still talking with our residents because we know at some point as projects move forward that we need to be ready," said Grant. 

Ramsey County officials did not attend Thursday's meeting and did not have a comment.

RELATED: Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant Promoted as New Rice Creek Commons

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