From reporter Tim Nelson:
The City of St. Paul has an update to its Lowertown Ballpark project and, as promised, it’s giving the park a new look.
The new renderings are the latest in a series of developments on the $54 million ballpark project this spring.
Abatement of the hazardous materials in the Diamond Products building started April 15 — contractors are removing fluorescent bulbs, asbestos, oils and PCBs left behind from years of manufacturing on the site. It’ll take about six weeks to get all the hazardous materials out, and the cavernous 650,000 square foot building is scheduled to be demolished starting in July.
The demolition is expected to run through August, and soil remediation, utility relocation and grading will go on all summer and into the fall. If that all goes as expected, construction on the actual ballpark is scheduled to start in December.
The new design will run about $1.7 million to draw up and is expected to include:
- Dog park
- Pedestrian plaza
- Bicycle & pedestrian trail connections
- Art displays
- Improved ADA accessibility
- East & west entrances
(Images courtesy of the City of St. Paul)