Proposed development for TCAAP unveiled

The Arden Hills City Council got its first look at the preliminary master plan for future development at the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) at its Monday, Dec. 16 work session.

The Cunningham Group, planning consultants for the TCAAP redevelopment project, presented an early draft of the master plan for the 427-acre site to council members. The plan includes 1,700 units of housing on 168 acres, 2 million square feet of office space on 156 acres, 300,000 square feet of retail on 18 acres, 13 acres of mixed use and 53 acres of open space. The plan also calls for a 26-acre spine road with access points on the north and south ends of the property.

City administrator Patrick Klaers said the master plan presented at the meeting is an early draft and noted he expects some revisions will be made over time.

“It’s still early in the process. We are about half way through the time table of the master plan,” he said.

Klaers said a special council work session has been scheduled for Dec. 26, where city council members will review the plan before it goes to the Joint Development Authority and the planning commission in early January. The final master plan, he said, would most likely be approved in late spring or early summer.

In the meantime, there are still several opportunities for local residents to provide input on the types of development they would like to see at the site. The Arden Hills City Council, for example, dedicates a public comment and discussion period to TCAAP development on the second Monday of every month. Regular city council meetings are on the second and last Monday of each month at 7 p.m. at city hall, 1245 Highway 96 West.

A TCAAP Open House has also been scheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Ramsey County Public Works Facility in Arden Hills at 1245 Paul Kirkwold Dr.

The Cunningham Group’s master plan presentation is available on the city’s website.

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