The Met Council has contracted with national consultants to begin a study that will analyze issues surrounding the complicated task of redeveloping the largest brownfield “Superfund” site in Minnesota, the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, to build a new Vikings Stadium. The $1 billion project that would receive funding from the state, Ramsey County, and the Vikings, faces many challenges. Will it be worth it? We will eagerly await the results of the report this fall.
From Finance & Commerce
By Burl Gilyard
It’s not clear when or even if a new football stadium will be built in Arden Hills, but local agencies are kicking off the
latest round of studying the site, a complicated piece of real estate.
The Metropolitan Council is huddling in negotiations with a national consulting group to study a range of issues on the federally owned Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP)
site in Arden Hills. North Carolina-based Kimley-Horn and Associates Inc. was the only respondent to the regional planning agency’s solicitation for proposals. A woman who answered the telephone at the St. Paul office of Kimley-Horn referred questions to the Met Council.
On Thursday, Met Council spokeswoman Meredith Salsbery said she could not comment on the value of the contract or the exact deadline for the work because both were still being negotiated. Salsbery said it’s likely the contract will be signed by Friday.
It’s still early in the game, but the aggressive schedule for the project doesn’t allow for many timeouts.
Documents outlining the scope of work indicated that the analysis “should be completed within 45 days.” An Aug. 12 solicitation letter from the Met Council said the work would be valued at “well under $100,000.”