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Task force unveils vision for downtown St. Paul redevelopment

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A task force set up to tackle four redevelopment sites in downtown St. Paul unveiled its vision Friday, hoping to spur interest in the city's core.

St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, flanked by Greater MSP CEO Michael Langley and Ecolab CEO Doug Baker, told reporters that while downtown St. Paul has made recent strides with the revitalization of Union Depot, the coming of the Lowertown ballpark and new apartment projects, it needs more redevelopment to keep pace.

"The fact of the matter is we have to keep that momentum going, we have to have to continue to push the vision, we have to seize on the work that we've done," Coleman said. "We need to continue make sure that people understand that there are still opportunities to get in on the ground floor on some of these developments."

The task force report released Friday focuses on possible concepts for four "large catalytic development sites" -- 7 Corners Gateway, Macy's-Grace-Wabasha Court, Central Station and Ramsey County Government Center West.

The 7 Corners Gateway site, across from Xcel Energy Center, is envisioned to host a 650-room hotel, a ballroom/event center and 25,000 square feet of commerical-retail space.

The RCGC West site, situated on the Mississippi River bluff, would be home to a 400-room hotel, 450 units of housing and 100,000 square feet of commercial/retail space.

Macy's-Grace-Wabasha Court, the site of a now-shuttered Macy's department store, would host a hoped-for 400,000-square-foot office building, condos and 171,000 square feet of retail/entertainment uses.

And Central Station, on a block that features a new Green Line light rail stop, could support a six-floor office building and 250 units of apartments and condominiums.