Ramsey Co. buys Arden Hills site

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The Ramsey County Board on Tuesday approved the purchase of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant site, a 430-acre block of federal land considered the largest tract of undeveloped space in the Twin Cities and Minnesota's largest Superfund sites, the Star Tribune reports.

The board approved a joint development agreement with Arden Hills to acquire and prepare the site for $30 million, the newspaper reports. The ultimate goal is to prepare the land for sale to a developer and get it on county tax rolls.

The plan to purchase the land along Interstate 35W in Arden Hills has been in the works for years, and was propelled by a failed proposal to build a new Vikings stadium there.

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

The site still needs some environmental clean-up, perhaps as much as $22 million, MPR reports.

Remediation projects have been conducted there since 1987.

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