The City of St. Paul has an opportunity to layout a vision for a truly unique and
progressive urban redevelopment project on the site of the Ford Manufacturing
plant in the Highland Park neighborhood. The notion that this prime real estate can
be a national example of integrating sustainable practices has been a key value
present throughout the early stages of the planning process. The challenge is how
to assess each scenario for the trade-offs and criteria that defines sustainability.
The need to find a common vision or definition of sustainability is critical to
benchmarking and measuring strategies for future development. As the City of St.
Paul continues to refine and develop the vision for the site, and regulatory practices
that can procure that vision, a key step is establishing a strategy for comparative
analysis of potential development scenarios.
The intent of this paper is to aid the City of St. Paul and the Ford Site Taskforce in
their efforts by providing a standardized comparative assessment of each of the
five development scenarios to help frame the discussion for sustainable
development opportunities as the public planning process continues to evolve and
play out for the Ford Plant site. This side by side comparison will help define and
identify opportunities, challenges, and unknowns in the various schemes so that
outside consultants can begin to weigh and value the trade-offs and benefits within
each scheme. It is intended to be a supportive document that when used in
conjunction with the other processes and inquiries into the potential future use of
the site, can augment possible policy and actions steps.
The heart of the report utilizes the United States Green Building Council’s (USGBC)
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating
System™ for Neighborhood Development (ND) as a tool for aiding the City of St.
Paul’s Planning Department in assessing the preliminary development scenarios
proposed as a part of the long term planning process for the St. Paul Ford Plant
site. This assessment looks at all 5 development scenarios and finds
commonalities and distinctions amongst them.
Kisch, Michael. Green Development Potential. May 2009. Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. Master of Urban and Regional Planning.
professional paper for the fulfillment of the Masters of Urban and Regional Planning degree
Green Development Potential: Leed-ND Assessment St.Paul Ford Plant Redevelopment Scenarios.
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs.
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