While it looked as if a spectacular new $225 million mixed-use project was set to take over the former West Publishing site in downtown St. Paul, the county and Phoenix-based Cardon Development Group have reportedly decided to scrap development plans and go their separate ways.
Not all that long ago, Ramsey County dropped $17 million to demolish the former West Publishing buildings and also the Ramsey County Jail in order to make the site more attractive developers.
But despite offering some pretty amazing views of the open river valley below and being one of the premier development opportunities currently available in St. Paul , it looks like things are back at square one and the county will once again be looking for development options and ideas.
Cardon’s plans were to build three separate towers along Kellogg Boulevard—one residential tower, one upscale hotel, and another with office and retail space. Once finished, the project would’ve completely re-shaped St. Paul’s riverfront and essentially created a “river balcony” promenade that overlooks the water. But after issues arose regarding additional public funding for a four-level parking facility, the two sides apparently couldn’t come to an agreement and the project is now off.
But with disappointment also comes opportunity for another developer, and the county appears excited to seek other new and exciting proposals. What we know so far is that Ramsey County still envisions a mixed-use development, and the site was even submitted for the highly competitive and publicized Amazon expansion.