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St. Paul's Lowertown ballpark now out for bidding

After city leaders huddled for several hours late Tuesday, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced Wednesday that the design-build contract for the $54 million Lowertown ballpark will be reopened for bids. The contract was originally awarded to Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies the day after the St. Paul Saints received $25 million in a state economic development grant.
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After city leaders huddled for several hours late Tuesday, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced Wednesday that the design-build contract for the $54 million Lowertown ballpark will be reopened for bids, the Star Tribune reports.

The contract was originally awarded to Minneapolis-based Ryan Companies the day after the St. Paul Saints received $25 million in a state economic development grant.

The decision prompted a lawsuit by the Taxpayers League of Minnesota and St. Paul GOP Chairman Greg Copeland that claims the city of St. Paul violated competitive bidding laws.

Coleman said in a news release that the city acted within full authority of the law, the Star Tribune reports, but decided to put the contract out to bid in the interest of transparency in government.

The Pioneer Press says a request for proposals will be issued on Nov. 30.

The 7,000-seat ballpark is expected to open in 2015.

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