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Plan for former Arden Hills ammunition plant land wins key approval

ARDEN HILLS - The development plan for the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant — a 427-acre site in Arden Hills — now rests in the hands of the Metropolitan Council.

On Tuesday, the plan cleared a major hurdle with approval from the Ramsey County Board. The Arden Hills City Council had given the plan its OK last week.

If ratified by the Met Council, construction of roads, sewers and water lines is expected to begin in 2017.

The plan, which passed the county board on a 6-1 vote, calls for the project to include taller buildings and a slight density increase for the site.

Developers intend to convert the once-polluted site at the junction of Interstate 35W and U.S. 10 — now known as Rice Creek Commons — into a sustainable, walkable community with three distinct neighborhoods, thousands of new jobs, retail space and a network of parks and trails.