Skip to main content

Exterior demolition work begins at site of new Saints ballpark

  • Author:
  • Updated:
    Original:

St. Paul city leaders, including Mayor Chris Coleman, held a special ceremony on July 13 to mark the start of the exterior demolition of the Gillette/Diamond Products plant, which sits on the future site of the new St. Paul Saints ballpark. Interior demolition work began in late June, according to the Lowertown Ballpark.

The ceremony was held one day after the St. Paul Saints agreed to chip in an additional $1 million toward construction of the 7,000-seat regional ballpark in St. Paul's Lowertown, according to the Pioneer Press.

The newspaper reports that the team will now be providing $11 million toward the new ballpark, but the project still faces a budget gap of several million dollars.

Reports began to emerge last month that environmental remediation on the site was $8.8 million more than expected, and it remains unclear how that would affect the project’s $54 million price tag.

With so many questions still swirling around the cost of the ballpark, the PiPress reports that some question if the plant's demolition, which gets underway in full force next week, is premature. Tearing down the three-story, 600,000-square-foot building across from the St. Paul Farmers' Market is expected to take four months.

At least eight environmental studies have taken place on the old Gillette/Diamond Products site since 2000, according to the PiPress, and the depth of the bad dirt in areas stretches at least 20 feet underground, instead of the previously estimated 8 feet.

Opening Day at the ballpark is scheduled for June 2015.

Next Up

SherburneCoJailDrugArrests

Duo charged after 10-pound meth package sent to wrong address

More than 10 pounds of meth are off the street thanks to a delivery error.

Screen Shot 2022-07-01 at 11.01.32 AM

Bird Rides' suburban expansion continues in Minnesota

Its scooter season in Minnesota. The latest on where you can find Bird e-scooters:

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Man found dead with 'trauma to his face' in St. Paul

A man was found dead with "trauma to his face" in St. Paul after 3 a.m.

Hibbing ambulance

Boyfriend jailed after woman found dead in Hibbing

The woman was found dead on Tuesday, June 28.

ambulance

2 motorcyclists killed in crash near Duluth

The crash happened at a curve in the road north of Duluth.

Life Link

18 injured in two separate crashes involving teen drivers

The crashes happened Thursday in Ham Lake and North Branch Township.

ambulance

Motorcyclist killed on I-494 crash in Richfield

The Minnesota State Patrol has identified the victim as a 42-year-old Shakopee man.

013_kitchen

Gallery: This Seward Neighborhood gem SOLD fast!

Classic 1903 home came with modern updates

hopkins high school

‘Terrible prank’ during tornado drill causes scare at Hopkins High School

The school principal said the incident brought armed police to the school and "understandably caused some scholars anxiety."

MNBCA - Balsimo 1

Woman admits to role in St. Paul man's gruesome murder

A 32-year-old Duluth woman has taken a plea deal in the case of a 34-year-old St. Paul man's murder.

Screen Shot 2022-06-30 at 11.18.35 AM

'Living nightmare’ alleged at Savage, Minn. rabbit sanctuary

"Peacebunny Cottage" is now the subject of an animal cruelty investigation.

Related