Master developer

The Joint Development Authority is seeking a master developer for Rice Creek Commons, a 427-acre prime redevelopment opportunity in the Minneapolis-Saint Paul metropolitan area.

The selected firm will help guide the overall residential and commercial development of the Rice Creek Commons site, an area large enough to fit all of downtown Saint Paul with room to spare. Located in Arden Hills, Minnesota, Rice Creek Commons is only 10 miles from both the Minneapolis and Saint Paul downtowns. When it is redeveloped, it will be home and workplace to thousands of families.

Soil remediation to residential standards was completed in November and will be verified by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) through its Voluntary Investigation and Cleanup (VIC) program and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Site development could begin as soon as 2017.

View the Rice Creek Commons master developer solicitation.

  • Solicitation released: February 1, 2016
  • Pre-proposal conference: February 18, 2016, 2 p.m. (Landmark Center)
  • Deadline for submission of questions: February 19, 2016, 4 p.m.
  • Responses to questions posted: February 26, 2016
  • Solicitation responses due: March 9, 2016, 2 p.m.
  • Solicitation Review Committee evaluation and shortlist: March 24, 2016
  • Deadline for submission of additional information: April 8, 2016
  • Evaluation, interviews and recommendation to JDA: April 14, 2016
  • JDA selects master developer: May 2, 2016
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of master developer agreement (JDA): TBD
  • Negotiate terms and conditions of purchase agreement (County): August 2016
  • Approval of master developer agreement (JDA): October 2016
  • Approval of purchase agreement (County): December 2016

Josh Olson, AICP
Planning Specialist II
Ramsey County
Community and Economic Development
15 Kellogg Blvd. West
Suite 250
Saint Paul, MN 55102
(p) 612-758-0742
(f) 651-266-8039
masterdeveloper@ricecreekcommons.com