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Plans for $120M soccer stadium in St. Paul include movies, parks and hotel

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It's hoped construction of a soccer stadium will kickstart a major regeneration of the Snelling-Midway area of St. Paul, according to new plans revealed on Thursday.

The Pioneer Press reports a 33-page urban planning document was issued by two architecture firms working with Minnesota United and strip mall owner RK Midway, which owns land on the site earmarked for United's 20,000-seater stadium development.

The long-term vision is for United's Major League Soccer stadium to regenerate a run-down area of the city, sparking a mixed-use development that includes stores, open space, apartments, offices, a hotel and a movie theater.

Minnesota United owner Bill McGuire said the plans envision a "walkable urban village," the Pioneer Press notes.

You can take a look at the plans here.

The site of United's proposed $120 million stadium covers the equivalent of 12 downtown St. Paul blocks, with the Metro Transit "bus barn" storage facility, a liquor store, a strip mall that includes Rainbow Foods, and a McDonald's currently on the land.

Under the plans, the stadium would be built at the south end fronting onto St. Anthony Ave., with two green plazas called "Midway Square" and "Victory Plaza" placed directly north of it, which will have store fronts running alongside them.

Further green areas will be to the west and east of the stadium – preliminarily called Pascal Green and United Champion Square, which would be adjacent to office buildings and a hotel.

The Star Tribune reports the plan had been put together based on feedback from a recent public meeting, where people voted on what they wanted to see on the land. Restaurants, retail and entertainment were the most popular choices.

The newspaper says more details – including plans for parking at the stadium – will be forthcoming in the next few months, with the St. Paul City Council taking a vote on it around the end of July.

United meanwhile, who are rumored to be entering MLS a year earlier than expected and could end up playing at TCF Bank Stadium for a year, is expected to released more stadium-specific plans in the next month.

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