Project status

After years of inactivity, work on Rice Creek Commons since Ramsey County purchased the property in April 2013 has dramatically improved the 427-acre site.

Redevelopment

The Joint Development Authority selected Alatus, LLC as the master developer for Rice Creek Commons. Alatus is teaming with Inland Development Partners on commercial development and Tradition Development Corporation on single-family residential development.

Alatus, LLC has proposed a framework for development at the site that will offer 1,460 housing units, support at least 4,000 living wage jobs, and generate approximately $8.6 million in property taxes annually. Development would happen in five stages.

To prepare the site for development, $73 million will be invested in roadways, site infrastructure, utilities, and green space. This investment will be fully recouped through land sale revenue and other fees or charges.

Remediation efforts

Work to clean and clear the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Arden Hills – formerly the largest contaminated site in Minnesota – has been completed. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency removed the site’s soil from the Superfund National Priorities list. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency is expected to follow suit on the state Superfund list in fall 2019.

The 427-acre site was cleaned to residential standards (view soil remediation criteria), and 93% of the materials removed from the site were recycled or reused in new roadways there and in other parts of the Twin Cities. This paves the way for the Rice Creek Commons development.

The U.S. Army will continue to operate the existing groundwater cleanup system for many years to come. The Rice Creek Commons development will receive water from Saint Paul Regional Water Services.