The St. Paul Ford Motors Plant located on the Mississippi River will soon be closed and the site will be opened for redevelopment. It is a contaminated brownfield industrial site. The City of St. Paul has sought redevelopment ideas to transform the land into 21st century sustainable land uses.
In 1924 the Ford Motor Company open a large assembly plant on the Mississippi River. In most recently it specialized in the production of Ford Ranger Trucks. By 2007 Ford sold the 15 megawatt hydropower plant, that historically powered the plant, and has extended the closing date from 2008 to 2012.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman has set a high bar on sustainability saying that he hopes it can be a zero-emissions urban development. The site could be a 'green' manufacturing plant, a transit village, an R&D park, or even a large public park. Plans have been put forth for its future, some by graduate students at the University of Minnesota.