Placemakers

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Kunstler Cast

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ford site rendering

On Oct. 10, 2018, The Ryan Companies unveiled renderings and a general concept plan for the former Ford Twin Cities auto plant in Highland Park, which will be converted into 3,500 housing units and 150,000 square feet of retail space. In all, the development will span some 40 city blocks. Ryan will preserve two of the neighborhood’s three existing ball fields on the site, with Montreal Avenue extended through the third ballpark. A new neighborhood park, civic square and central water feature will be installed on site, as well, surrounded by pedestrian-only and bike-only streets. Ryan hopes to install single-family homes along Mississippi River Boulevard, although the Ford company had initially objected to single-family development. “On Mississippi River Boulevard, we’re hoping to achieve homes that look and feel like what is already out there, and above,” said developer Mike Ryan. Elsewhere on the site, housing will become more dense traveling eastward, toward five- and six-story apartment buildings, followed by retail buildings along Ford Boulevard that exist as an extension of Highland Village. The northwest and southeast corners of the site will include senior living and office locations. ( Courtesy of the The Ryan Companies)

Ford Site Central Water Feature

On Oct. 10, 2018, The Ryan Companies unveiled renderings and a general concept plan for the former Ford Twin Cities auto plant in Highland Park, which will be converted into 3,500 housing units and 150,000 square feet of retail space. In all, the development will span some 40 city blocks. Ryan will preserve two of the neighborhood’s three existing ball fields on the site, with Montreal Avenue extended through the third ballpark. A new neighborhood park, civic square and central water feature will be installed on site, as well, surrounded by pedestrian-only and bike-only streets. Ryan hopes to install single-family homes along Mississippi River Boulevard, although the Ford company had initially objected to single-family development. “On Mississippi River Boulevard, we’re hoping to achieve homes that look and feel like what is already out there, and above,” said developer Mike Ryan. Elsewhere on the site, housing will become more dense traveling eastward, toward five- and six-story apartment buildings, followed by retail buildings along Ford Boulevard that exist as an extension of Highland Village. The northwest and southeast corners of the site will include senior living and office locations. ( Courtesy of the The Ryan Companies)

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The Planned Failure of the Ford Site

[…] in St. Paul? Perhaps Ryan just went with the most probable outcome to protect its investment.
To be fair, the Ryan modifications involve less parking than the original approved zoning plan, even if it involves more strip-mall parking. Highland District Council members who supported Ryan’s modification bring up this fact to support their decision. But […]

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Gentry

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Chasin’ the Train

For best results, read this post while listening to this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zt5a-de0hhk I had a good time this Halloween. It’s my favorite holiday and, donning my bird-killing Vikings’ stadium costume, I ventured out into the city atop my bicycle to take pictures of spooky houses, enjoy the kid-full sidewalks, and visit friends. I made it to a […]

Green Line

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DnA

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