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Rendering of the potential Town Center area of the Rice Creek Commons development

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.

Ramsey County’s vision for the site is 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.

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