Demolition of downtown St. Paul building could jump start redevelopment

The former West Publishing headquarters
Ramsey County voted Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2015, to tear down the row of buildings that were once the downtown St. Paul headquarters of West Publishing. The demolition will clear the way for the redevelopment for what is considered the city's prime stretch of riverfront.
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A recent decision from Ramsey County Commissioners to demolish the West Publishing buildings could jump start plans to redevelop St. Paul along the Mississippi River.

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So far, no one has stepped forward with a plan to remake the site and its spectacular views. Built into a downtown cliff starting in the 19th Century, the offices tower up to 10 stories over the Mississippi River and overlook Harriet Island.

"That location is probably the single most attractive site in the Twin Cities, particularly given its location on the Mississippi River, in St. Paul's entertainment district," said Patrick Seeb, executive director of the St. Paul Riverfront Corporation. The non-profit's mission is to promote redevelopment in St. Paul.

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