St. Paul City Council Approves Master Plan for Ford Site

September 27, 2017 11:09 PM

The St. Paul City Council Wednesday approved a plan 10 years in the making to bring new development to the former Ford plant site.

The council approved the adoption of the Ford Site Zoning and Public Realm Master Plan in a 5 to 2 vote. Councilman Dai Thao and Councilwoman Jane Prince were the only two to vote against the resolution.

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The city's proposal includes mixed-use development for both business and residential buildings, while preserving green space at the site.

RELATED: St. Paul City Council to Hold One More Hearing on Old Ford Plant Site

The council also voted to change the city's zoning plan, eliminating industrial use on the land in favor of mixed use. The topic led to division among some residents of Highland Park.

Some said buildings of 10 or 11 stories would be out of character with the surrounding area and they worry about traffic problems.

RELATED: St. Paul Neighborhood Divided on Future of Ford Site

Others see opportunity for affordable housing and economic development.  

Moving forward, Ford is expected to have the site cleaned up by 2018 and on the market to a master developer by 2019, according to the plan. The master developer will then use the plan adopted Wednesday night as a framework moving forward.

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