Saint Paul – Pat Harris issued the following statement on the redevelopment of the Ford Site:
“Let me be clear – I support a robust redevelopment of the Ford site. The Ford site is a once in a generation redevelopment opportunity for Saint Paul. We all need to remember that the plan- which is likely to pass the city council next week- is the beginning of the conversation with the eventual private developer, not the end.
I am particularly concerned that zoning the site in its entirety prior to the selection of a master developer limits the City’s tools to negotiate high-level community amenities and standards including pedestrian and bike amenities, green space, and design and material standards. Having seen the impact of similar projects across the country, I have come to understand that we need to be cautious and avoid inflating the sale price at the expense of the development’s quality and its impact.”