Amazon is not coming to Arden Hills

Company passes on Minnesota for new headquarters.

Amazon, the humongous online retailer, decided Jan. 18 that the state of Minnesota would not be a suitable place for its planned second headquarters.

Among other places in the Twin Cities, Arden Hills’ Rice Creek Commons, former site of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant, was put forth as a possible landing place for the headquarters.

Ramsey County, which owns the Rice Creek Commons, also offered Amazon its Riverfront Properties site in Downtown St. Paul.

Before it was known as the Rice Creek Commons, the site had been bandied about as a potential home for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium, which ended up staying in Minneapolis.

TCAAP, at the height of World War II and Vietnam War ammunition-producing efforts, boasted the highest concentration of workers in all of Minnesota. Amazon making Rice Creek Commons its second home would have been a return to a massive workforce in Arden Hills. 

However, it was not meant to be. Amazon’s short list is down to 20 places: Toronto, Columbus, Indianapolis, Chicago, Denver, Nashville, Los Angeles, Dallas, Austin, Boston, New York City, Newark, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Montgomery County in Maryland, Washington D.C., Raleigh, northern Virginia, Atlanta and Miami.

“While we are disappointed that Amazon decided not to include Minnesota as a finalist for its second headquarters, we are moving full steam ahead on both the Rice Creek Commons and Riverfront Properties sites,” said Ramsey County Commissioner Rafael Ortega, adding that participating in the Amazon process provided “valuable opportunity to introduce Ramsey County development sites to national site selectors.”


—Solomon Gustavo

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