Sept. 18, 2017: Affordable Housing at St. Paul’s Ford Site
St. Paul is on the verge of laying out new development standards and restrictions for 135 acres of vacant land in Highland Park. The land, which was home to Ford Motor Co.’s Twin Cities Assembly Plant from 1925 until its closure in 2011, has been cleared of structures and could someday draw thousands of new residents, as well as office and retail construction. Advocates believe the Ford Site represents a tremendous opportunity for St. Paul to be a national and global leader in environmentally sustainable neighborhood planning. The site also has the potential to provide sorely needed affordable homes in a primarily white, middle to upper class neighborhood.
A coalition of local organizations, including the Alliance, Fresh Energy, Housing Justice Center, Jewish Community Action, Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy, New American Development Center, Sierra Club, St. Paul Smart Trips and Transit for Livable Communities, and Sustain Ward 3, has signed a joint letter to Mayor Coleman and the city’s councilmembers that lays out their vision for the site.