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Arden Hills site: Ambitious multi-use plan outlined, but no developer

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An ambitious plan to develop the Arden Hills ammunition plant site – now undergoing a massive, years-long cleanup – is plodding along, although no developer has been named for the project, the Pioneer Press reports.

The Cunningham Group, a planning consultant for the city of Arden Hills, pitched a plan Monday night for the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site: 1,700 housing units, 2 million square feet of office space, and 300,000 square feet of retail space, the newspaper notes.

Cleanup of the site – once touted as a possible spot for the new Vikings stadium – has been underway for years as the state's largest Superfund site. Superfund is the federal government's program to clean up the nation's very worst hazardous waste sites.

The site still needs some environmental cleanup, perhaps as much as $22 million worth, MPR reported late last year.

Remediation projects have been conducted there since 1987. An 18-month project specifically designed to prepare the site for a development project launched in June.

If the redevelopment plan is ultimately approved, the project would likely move forward in stages over the course of several years, the Pioneer Press notes.

Ramsey County finalized its $28.5 million purchase of the site earlier this year. The plan to purchase the land along Interstate 35W in Arden Hills has been in the works for years, and was propelled by the failed proposal to build a new Vikings stadium there.

The site has been the subject of much development speculation. One other proposal was a plan to build a NASCAR track there.

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