Plan laid out for Ford plant demolition

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Ford is waiting for the OK from the St. Paul City Council to begin tearing down its old St. Paul plant.

The Pioneer Press reports the demolition will likely begin in 2013 and could take a couple years, while restoration of the nearly 150-acre site could stretch into 2018.

The Ford Twin Cities Assembly Plant in St. Paul closed in December 2011 after the company discontinued production of the Ranger.

The site's future includes a mixed-use development that would fit in with the popular Highland Park neighborhood, the Star Tribune says.

A public hearing will be held on Dec. 20 before the plan is up for approval on Dec. 28.

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However, the Pioneer Press reports Ford officials still need to apply for demo permits from the city. A company spokeswoman claims the Ford Site Planning Task Force is on schedule to bring down the 86-year-old assembly plant in Highland Park.