After extensive debate and community input, the St. Paul City Council voted 5-2 to approve the spending of $18.4 million for infrastructure improvements around the proposed Minnesota United stadium, reports the Star Tribune.
Some officials and residents expressed concerns about the fast pace of the project and future returns on the city’s investment, but the majority of council members said the opportunity was too important to pass up.
The $150 million Major League Soccer stadium is planned near Snelling Avenue and Interstate 94 in the Midway area. It would be the key piece of a larger redevelopment plan for a 34.5-acre site that includes a strip mall, parking lot, and Metro Transit bus storage site.
The land would be turned into plazas and mixed-use development. It would include ground-floor retail, offices, a hotel, housing, and more, according to a plan developed for RK Midway, which owns the strip mall.
[H/T Star Tribune]