TCAAP open house scheduled for Jan. 22

The city of Arden Hills and Ramsey County are hosting a TCAAP open house at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility in Arden Hills on Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. 

The open house will provide residents an opportunity to learn more about proposed development at the site, as well as a chance to share opinions on future use at TCAAP.

The open house on the TCAAP master plan is part of a Public Involvement Plan approved by the city of Arden Hills, Ramsey County and the TCAAP Joint Development Authority, which together will approve a master plan for development later this year.

The Arden Hills City Council got its first look at the preliminary master plan for future development at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) at its Monday, Dec. 16 work session.

Arden Hills’ City Administrator Patrick Klaers said the master plan is still in draft form and he expects some revisions will be made over time.

The Cunningham Group, planning consultants for the TCAAP redevelopment project, presented an early draft of the master plan for the 427-acre site to council members at the December meeting. The plan includes 1,552 units of housing on 168 acres, 2 million square feet of office space on 156 acres, 300,000 square feet of retail on 18 acres, 13 acres of mixed use and 53 acres of open space. The plan also calls for a 26-acre spine road with access points on the north and south ends of the property.

A TCAAP open house took place at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility in September and was well attended by Ramsey County residents, council members from Arden Hills and neighboring cities, Ramsey County Board members and state legislators.

Arden Hills’ Mayor David Grant said the upcoming open house would be similar. He encourages people, not just from Arden Hills, but neighboring cities to attend and chime in on the types of development they would like to see at the site.

“Following the open house, the information gathered [at the open house] will be used to add more detail to the plan and potential changes to the plan,” Grant said. “We are trying to open up this process to as many people as possible, because it has a financial impact on the whole region.”

Grant said the county has heard from a number of developers interested in buying and developing the site, which Ramsey County purchased from the federal government for $28.5 million last April. Those developers, he said, are awaiting approval of a master plan before taking any further action, which Grant said should be approved by mid-summer.

The TCAAP open house will take place in the Marsden Room at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility in Arden Hills, 1425 Paul Kirkwood Drive.

The Cunningham Group’s master plan presentation is available on the city of Arden Hills’ website.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.

 

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