Rice Creek Commons

Rice Creek Commons will be a cohesive mix of residential and commercial neighborhoods surrounding a town center, a unique community where young and old can live, work and play.

In 2013, Ramsey County purchased a 427-acre parcel of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant from the U.S. Government with the intent to clean up, redevelop, and return the property to the economic engine it once was – this time with homes, businesses and retail. The site was renamed to Rice Creek Commons in 2014.

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The Rice Creek Commons master plan lays out a vision for the site to create economic prosperity, build an inclusive economy and develop an energy-forward community by providing much-needed housing at a variety of price points – including deeply affordable housing – and creating well-paying jobs.

Current status

Work to clean and clear the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant – formerly the largest contaminated site in Minnesota – has been completed. The site was cleaned to residential standards, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency have removed the site’s soil and surface water from the state and federal Superfund lists. The U.S. Army will continue to operate the existing groundwater cleanup system for many years to come.

With 427 acres cleaned, revitalized, and brought back to the tax rolls, Rice Creek Commons will create significant economic and social opportunity for Ramsey County, Arden Hills and the entire Twin Cities.

Request for Development Interest (RDI) - Outlot A

The Joint Development Authority (JDA) issued a Request for Development Interest (RDI) for a 40-acre parcel, located within Rice Creek Commons. Ramsey County is seeking proposals from experienced developers with the ability and financial resources to develop the parcel according to the county's Equitable Development Framework and the Rice Creek Commons Master Plan. The parcel for purchase, Outlot A, is intended for commercial use only which includes:

  • Business service.
  • Clinic/medical offices.
  • Financial institutions.
  • Food preparation.
  • Hotel/motel offices.
  • Research and development.
  • Pet Services.

View a sample version of the RDI for Outlot A. The official RDI document and addenda information can be found on DemandStar.

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Estimated 2023 RDI Timeline
Request for Development Interest Issued April 24
Last date for submitting written questions May 16
Answers to questions posted on DemandStar June 9
Response deadline   July 28
Review and assessment of responses August 16
Proposal recommendation and selection October
Negotiation of terms of purchase End of 2023/Early 2024



Submit a proposal

Interested and qualified developers should email final proposals (max 25 pages) to [email protected] by 11 p.m., July 28.

The email subject line must read “Proposal for TCAAP Outlot A." Responses received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Find the property

Locate "Outlot A" on Ramsey County's interactive property map, using parcel number 093023320001 or view an aerial image of the project area.


Questions may be submitted electronically via email through May 16. Answers to any questions will be posted on June 9.

PLEASE NOTE: Ramsey County reserves the right to amend or withdraw this RDI at any time, to waive minor irregularities in the RDI process, and to reject any or all RDI responses. Changes or clarifications to this RDI will be posted on DemandStar.