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Ford seeks tax rebate on its shuttered St. Paul plant

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Ford Motor Co. is seeking a tax break that could amount to several million dollars on its former St. Paul assembly plant, the Star Tribune reports. Ramsey County has taxed the 122-acre site as a mixed-use development since 2007 -- after Ford announced it was leaving the Highland Park neighborhood.

But the motor company argues the property is still zoned industrial and it should be assessed at a lower rate. The case is expected to go to trial within the next few months after it was postponed last fall because the judge assigned to the case resigned.

Last month, the St. Paul Planning Commission approved plans to begin demolition on the property this spring. Cleanup and restoration of the site may stretch the project into 2018.

The plant closed in December 2011 after Ford ceased production of its Ranger vehicle.

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