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Dayton pursuing state-led ammunitions plant site cleanup

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The 430-acre site of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant is being considered as a possible location for a new Minnesota Vikings stadium. Gov. Mark Dayton said Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2011 that he's pursuing the possibility of spending state money to redevelop the area even if the Vikings stadium isn't built there.
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Gov. Mark Dayton says he's pursuing the possibility of spending state money to redevelop the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in Arden Hills if a proposed Vikings stadium is built elsewhere.  

The Vikings owners and Ramsey County are pushing to build the stadium in Arden Hills and say cleaning up the site is one of the benefits of the project.  

Dayton hasn't taken a position on whether the new stadium should be in Minneapolis or Arden Hills but said in an interview on MPR's Midday Tuesday that it's worth taking a look at cleaning up the site so it's available for other uses.

"It's 470 acres just sitting almost entirely unused right in our metropolitan area," Dayton said. "It's the largest unused plot of land in our entire metropolitan area. What's standing in the way is an estimated $30 million of cleaning it up and that's a good thing to do for the residents in the area as well as future development."

Dayton said he'll continue to push the Legislature to act on a public financing plan for a new Vikings stadium. He said he hopes it will pass in the upcoming legislative session.