Rice Creek Commons Project On Rocky Ground

November 08, 2018 05:27 PM

Plans for the Rice Creek Development in Arden Hills have hit another snag, as once again Ramsey County and the city can't agree on key issues.

The partnership to transform the former ammunition plant in Arden Hills into homes and businesses has been prickly at best.


RELATED: In-Depth: Plans at Former Ammunition Plant Property Have Failed to Materialize Over the Years

And just this week, Ramsey County decided to cut back resources on the project and focus elsewhere.  

Ramsey County Manager Ryan O'Connor said the county continues to view Arden Hills as an important partner, but doesn't feel it is an appropriate use of taxpayer funds to continue down a road when so many disagreements are present.

O'Connor said the differences revolve around the number of housing units on the site, the affordability of those homes and the total financial contribution from all parties.

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But Arden Hills Mayor David Grant said the county had agreed to the number of housing units and the density of those units previously.

A letter sent out this week to the county states: "The citizens of Arden Hills and Ramsey County are tired of politics, and it's unfortunate the county isn't more transparent in their plans."

Grant said the city will work with whatever resources the county provides to still transform the Arden Hills site. 

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