Group to guide reuse of St. Paul Ford site

  • Article by: Joe Kimball
  • Star Tribune
  • January 12, 2007 - 10:46 PM

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman announced Friday a 24-member task force that will guide city efforts to redevelop the 125-acre Ford Motor Co. plant site.

The huge chunk of land, located in the Highland Park district along the Mississippi River, will be available when Ford closes its production facility in 2008. Ford ultimately will decide who purchases the land, which has been used for car and truck production for 82 years, but city officials expect to use zoning and planning channels to influence how the next owner uses the land.

The task force will prepare development scenarios, then review and evaluate those possibilities in light of fiscal and environmental issues.

The members, chosen from a list of more than 100 applicants, include neighborhood residents, business people, environmental activists, and representatives of Ford and labor.

Earlier this week, Cecile Bedor, the city's director of planning and economic development, said city officials hope to have three to five redevelopment options in place by July.

"This will not be a lengthy two-year planning process. We need to get moving," she said.

Here's a list of the task force members:

Peter Armstrong, president, Highland District Council; James Bricher, treasurer, Friends of the Parks and Trails of St. Paul and Ramsey County; Richard Broderick, vice president, Macalester-Groveland Community Council; Ronnie Brooks, director, Wilder Foundation Center for Communities; Anthony Desnick, president, ToolSet Consulting; David Drach, director of real estate marketing, Canadian Pacific Railway; Carole Faricy, St. Paul Planning Commission; Terri Dooher Fleming, senior vice president, Park Midway Bank; Charles Hathaway, senior engineer, Barr Engineering; Deborah Karasov, executive director, Great River Greening; William Klein, secretary, Highland District Council; Angela Kline, Highland District Council; Scott Malcolm, executive secretary/treasurer, Lakes and Plains Regional Council of Carpenters and Joiners; Gary Marx, Highland District Council; Lance Neckar, professor of landscape architecture, University of Minnesota; Dennis Rosemark, St. Paul Planning Commission; Matthew Schuerger, owner and president, Energy Systems Consulting Services; Stuart Simek, owner and president, Meridian Management Inc.; Morgan Tamsky, retired 3M technical director; Bruce Valen, attorney, UAW Legal Services Plan; Stephanie Warne, real estate consultant; Ellen Watters, economic development consultant; Pamela Wheelock, chief financial officer, Minnesota Sports and Entertainment; Jay Gardner, Ford Motor Co. representative.

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