Riverfront Properties is a nearly five-acre site located along the bluff overlooking the Mississippi River in downtown Saint Paul. In June 2015, Ramsey County began deconstruction of the former Adult Detention Center and West buildings located on the iconic site to prepare it for sale and private development.
A Request for Development Interest was issued on Nov. 9, 2017. On Nov. 20, 2018, the County Board directed staff to to begin negotiations on an exclusive six-month agreement with AECOM to perform due diligence on a proposal to develop the Riverfront Properties site.
A total of seven buildings that were constructed on the site between 1886 and 1979 have been removed. The final phase of the project involved the construction of a retaining wall along the river bluff which was substantially complete in November 2017.