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Ford Site – Ryan Companies Meeting – Thursday, August 16th

Master Plan Site Review
When: 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Where: Highland Park Junior High/Middle School Auditorium
975 Snelling Ave S, St Paul, MN 55116

From Ryan Companies:

When the Ryan team was awarded the former Ford site for redevelopment, we committed to put forth extensive due diligence to understand the history and complexities of the site, working with the City to align with their vision. Our hope is that this process will make the aspirations of the master plan a reality.

The Ryan team has made positive advancements in our planning for the Ford site development, however due to recent meetings we have realized that a few elements of our plan require additional design and evaluation prior to presenting to neighbors and other stakeholders. For that reason we want to use our time on this Thursday evening, August 16th, to review the information that was expressed by the community in the July 31st listening session and to garner further feedback as we advance our planning and due diligence efforts.

The plan for Thursday’s Ford Meeting Update #2 will be to continue to align our vision with the city, key stakeholders and Highland Park neighbors so that we can fine tune our plans. We are looking forward to using this time and these opportunities to share and gain feedback.

Garbage Hauling Transition Information

On Wednesday, August 2, brochures notifying 1-4 unit households of their new hauler, collection day and garbage cart size(s) will be mailed to both property owners and residents in this program (approximately 85,000 mailers going out).

Also on August 2, updates to the Garbage section of the City website,, will go live, including an interactive map where people can search their address to find their new hauler and collection day. The interactive map can be found at

Ford Site Listening Session on July 31st with Ryan Companies

Ford Site developer Ryan Companies is holding a listening session regarding the development of the Ford Site. Come meet Ryan’s team leaders and share your feedback on the existing masterplan. The Ryan team is hoping to hear the things you love about the neighborhood and the things you are hoping to see in this development.  

Date: July 31, 2018
Time: 7 pm – 9 pm
Location: Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, 700 Snelling
Avenue S, St. Paul, MN 55116

Upcoming Ford Site Meetings to be held by Ryan Companies:

• Thu Aug 16 – Master Site Plan Review (This is when Ryan’s adjustments to the approved city plan will be shared tentatively at 7pm at Highland Sr High.)

• Thu Sep 27 – Update Meeting 1 (Location/time TBD.)

• Thu Nov 8 – Update Meeting 2 (Location/time TBD) Sign up to receive Ford Site Redevelopment

If you’d like to join the mailing list for updates go to:

(Please note this list is owned and operated by Ryan Companies, not the HDC.)

Board Meeting – Thursday, July 19th

Where: Highland Park Community Center
When: Thursday, July 19th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Representatives from Ryan Companies will be in attendance at the Board Meeting on July 19th to do a 15 minute introduction of their team that will be working on the development of the Ford Site. The discussion of the plan itself will take place at a large community meeting to be held in August or September. Look for further details soon.

John McCarthy, City of St Paul Budget Director will be going over the changes to the Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) process.

Highland Play Area Update

Construction is tentatively set to begin the week of July 23rd and is anticipated to be completed by end of October 2018.  Albrecht, the contractor, will have 90 days from the start date to complete the project.  Depending on the weather, the project may end earlier or later.  Updates on the project’s progress will be posted at

As a reminder, the play area will be closed during construction.  There will be access to the community center north of the play area during construction.  At times, access will be temporarily closed when there is work being done near the building.

July Movies in the Parks

Thursday, July 19th
Groveland Recreation Center
The Incredibles (PG)
9 pm

Friday, July 20th
Highland Park Community Center (HighlandFest)
Moonstruck (PG)
10 pm

*Sponsored by City of St Paul Parks and Rec and the Highland District Council*
Bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy a free movie on the big screen.
All children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Jazzed about Highland this Thursday, June 21st

Freaturing - McNasty Brass Band.   Highland Park neighbors and visitors are encouraged to stroll down to Langford & Karls Chiropractic at Cleveland Avenue and Highland Parkway on Thursday, June 21 for Jazzed about Highland.  Sponsored by the Highland Business Association and Highland District Council, this free event promises food, family-fun and the great jazz of McNasty Brass Band. Food and beverages will be available for purchase beginning at 6 pm and the band starts at 7 pm. Prizes and family activities sponsored by local businesses will add to the fun. Bring your lawn chair!

McNasty Brass Band



Check out the video from last year’s event!

Music and Movie at the Pool House

ROCK your summer at the historic Highland Park Pool House      

Join your neighbors as we kick-off  Highland’s Summer Music Series  on Thursday, June 14th with “Pool House Rock” at the historic Pool House Montreal Ave & Edgcumbe Rd ),  Featuring local band “The Rivermen”, the music begins at 6:30pmweather permitting.

This  is a family friendly event, with food and beer trucks and plenty of activities for the kids.

Bring your lawn chairs, blankets and hammocks and gather on the Pool House lawn for an evening of music and fun. Parking is available in the lots on both sides of Montreal Avenue.

Come for the Music . . . Stay for the Movie.

Stay on after the music for a showing of La La Land (PG-13).   The movie runs from 9 – 11:08 pm.

The Friends of Highland Arts (FHA) and HDC are pleased to continue our partnership with St Paul Parks & Recreation to provide free arts-focused events for our HP community at the historic Pool House.  We hope to generate interest in and support for the redevelopment of this WPA building as a place of arts and entertainment for our community.

Stop for Me Events

We’ve got three Stop for Me pedestrian safety events coming up over the next week.

On Thursday, June 7th there will be two events:  one at Fairview and Bohland from 4:45 to 5:30 pm and a second at West 7th and Rankin from 6-7 pm.

On Monday, June 11th there will be an event at Lexington Parkway and Vista from 6-7 pm.