Ford Park

by Sam Newberg | Feb 19, 2013
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Summary:

Save the Grande Moderne facade of the Ford Plant. Save its columns and roof but remove the windows and create an open air promenade. This promenade will create the focus of a public park on the Ford Plant site, and host events such as a farmers market, weddings or simply a place to stroll. The south and east sides (now inside the plant) can be replicated to look like the external north and west facades.

The promenade will be flanked by pedestrian sidewalks, benches, and shade trees, with perhaps a parkway beyond lined with handsome brownstones, apartments or condos, and perhaps some small shops.

Ford Park will increase the property values of uses around it, provide open space and a pedestrian promenade connecting the commercial area of Highland Village to the Mississippi.

Most critically, Ford Park is a viable use for the preservation of a portion of the Ford Plant and a place for area residents and visitors to love for another century.

For supporting documentation, please reference http://joe-urban.com/archive/the-best-idea-ever-for-the-ford-plant-ford-... and http://www.streets.mn/2013/02/13/i-love-st-paul/.

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Ford Park

Give us the highlights of your idea for making Saint Paul great (2,000 characters maximum or approx. 250 words)

Save the Grande Moderne facade of the Ford Plant. Save its columns and roof but remove the windows and create an open air promenade. This promenade will create the focus of a public park on the Ford Plant site, and host events such as a farmers market, weddings or simply a place to stroll. The south and east sides (now inside the plant) can be replicated to look like the external north and west facades.
The promenade will be flanked by pedestrian sidewalks, benches, and shade trees, with perhaps a parkway beyond lined with handsome brownstones, apartments or condos, and perhaps some small shops.
Ford Park will increase the property values of uses around it, provide open space and a pedestrian promenade connecting the commercial area of Highland Village to the Mississippi.
Most critically, Ford Park is a viable use for the preservation of a portion of the Ford Plant and a place for area residents and visitors to love for another century.
For supporting documentation, please reference http://joe-urban.com/archive/the-best-idea-ever-for-the-ford-plant-ford-... and http://www.streets.mn/2013/02/13/i-love-st-paul/.

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What makes your idea different or unexpected? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

While the notion of preserving a portion or pieces of the Ford Plant have been tossed around, this is a concrete idea for the preservation of a portion of the plant for a viable use.

It also adds value to the Ford Plant site. Done well, it will increase the value of surrounding real estate.

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How will your idea make a difference in Saint Paul? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

This idea clearly benefits the Highland neighborhood by adding open space and value to the area. It will also have an impact on any and return on investment to the city's tax base because of the increased real estate value of the site.

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Why do you think people will recognize or remember your idea after it comes to life? How might it inspire others to do something similar in their community? (4000 characters maximum or approx. 500 words)

Users of Ford Park will have a much-loved park space and notable landmark to remind them of the industrial past of the site. As public space, an unlimited number of citizens can use and enjoy this space over the years and decades.

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