Ramsey County moves ahead on St. Paul riverfront development plan

November 20, 2018 07:17 PM

The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners Tuesday directed county staff to begin negotiations with development firm AECOM on an exclusive six-month agreement to perform due diligence on a proposal to develop the Riverfront Properties site in downtown St. Paul.

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According to a release from the county, AECOM's proposed development includes:

  • A land bridge extension over Shepard Road and the railway that would extend downtown St. Paul to the Mississippi River.
  • Phased construction of four towers with Class A office and residential space, street-level retail, entertainment and hospitality.
  • Integrated public spaces including the first leg of the city's proposed River Balcony, a river-level esplanade, and amphitheater and bandshell overlooking the river.
  • New roadway connections to the site and supplemental parking.

"It was pretty impressive," Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega said of the plans.

"This board has been patient (and we) will be patient. We are not just going to fill a hole. We are going to work with them to see how we make this happen." 

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