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.
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 will happen in five stages, beginning in 2018 as Ramsey County begins preparing the site for construction. 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.
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 Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued a Certificate of Completion for the soil remediation efforts.
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 county has requested the Environmental Protection Agency to officially delist soil at the site from its Superfund list. The U.S. Army will continue to operate the existing groundwater cleanup system for many years to come.