What's Happening on the Site?
TCAAP/Rice Creek Commons Redevelopment Public Forum
The city held a public forum on November 15, 2018 to review the proposed Rice Creek Commons development plans to date, including overall financing, parks, amenities and a proposed civic site on the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) property. Residents were asked to provide feedback on the presentation and corresponding displays. A summary of the survey results will be published in early February.
The forum date was set in September, and the week before the forum was held, Ramsey County officials notified the city that it was pulling resources from the project, essentially putting the brakes on months of negotiations with the city and the developer, Alatus LLC.
“The ball is in the county court,” said Mayor David Grant, citing frustration with the county. “We’ve been able to find common ground and make progress on a number of items in the draft master development agreement, and it’s disappointing that we cannot continue those negotiations with the county as this time.”
At the forum, representatives from HGA, an architecture and design firm, reviewed four concepts for a civic space, including a City Hall option, community center, wellness center and a hybrid option with a community hub and wellness center.
Attendees were asked whether they wanted a civic site as part of the Rice Creek Commons development and what they would like to see included. There are 1.6 acres currently zoned for a civic site.
To watch the public forum presentation, please visit the city’s YouTube channel and click on the November 15 public forum video. The Civic Site Task Force will re¬view feedback at its January 29 meeting.
In May 2016, the TCAAP Joint Development Authority selected Alatus, LLC as the master developer for the site. In December 2016, the City Council approved amendments to the TCAAP Redevelopment Code and the Arden Hills 2030 Comprehensive Plan to facilitate the redevelopment plan proposed by Alatus. The City, Ramsey County, and Alatus are currently working on a Master Development Agreement that will guide the phased development of the site.
Site Infrastructure & Preparation
Several large public infrastructure projects have been completed to help support the future development of TCAAP. Construction on the County Road H and I-35W interchange and the County Road I, Rice Creek Parkway, and Old Highway 8 interchange was completed in 2017.
The TCAAP Site Redevelopment Infrastructure Preliminary Design Report has been completed and final design will begin soon to allow construction of the main boulevard, natural resources corridor, and trunk utility lines.
Work to clean and clear the TCAAP site to residential standards was completed in November 2015. Ramsey County's environmental cleanup work was verified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency through its Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup program and the Environmental Protection Agency in 2016.
The U.S. Army released the results of an optimization study in January 2018 to determine how to best continue to treat TCE and 1,4 dioxane contamination in the groundwater on the site. The Army will continue to treat groundwater on the site for the foreseeable future. The continued groundwater treatment will not affect the redevelopment of the site.
Additional information on the TCAAP Redevelopment Project can be found through the links on the left or at the Rice Creek Commons website. Interested parties may always contact city staff for the most up-to-date information!