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File #: RES 15-1539    Version:
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
In control: City Council
Final action: 8/26/2015
Title: Supporting Major League Soccer in the City of Saint Paul.
Sponsors: Russ Stark
Attachments: 1. Union Park District Council email, 2. Executive Summary August 11 Community Conversation, 3. UPDC Smartsite Recommendation, 4. UPDC MLS Stadium Resolution letter
Related files: RES 22-576, RES PH 17-323, RES 15-1784, RES 17-1404, RES 17-1815, Ord 17-64
Supporting Major League Soccer in the City of Saint Paul.
WHEREAS; Major League Soccer (MLS) has awarded a franchise expansion soccer team to Minnesota United FC (Club,); and

WHEREAS; the Club has expressed an interest to locate a MLS soccer stadium in the City of Saint Paul on the 10 acres at the intersection of Snelling Avenue and I94 (Midway site); and

WHEREAS; Metropolitan Council currently owns the Midway site previously used for transit infrastructure and thus the site has not generated property taxes for over 50 years; and

WHEREAS; an MLS stadium deal on this site should involve payments to the Met Council (owners of the site) that should support the opertations of the region's transit system; and

WHEREAS; current and future public infrastructure surrounding this location including the Green Line Light Rail Transit, A-Line Bus Rapid Transit, regular Metro Transit bus service, I94, Snelling Avenue, the Charles Avenue Bikeway, the Marshall Avenue Bikeway, the Prior Avenue Bikeway, and the Spruce Street Parking Ramp make this area a unique and prime location in the region for a MLS soccer stadium; and

WHEREAS; development of the Midway site from vacant non-tax producing land to the home of a MLS franchise and stadium would be a catalyst for future private investment and development in the 25 acre Midway Shopping area adjacent to the Midway Site; and

WHEREAS; the increased value of the Midway Shopping area as a dense Transit Oriented Redevelopment would increase the property tax base for the City of Saint Paul; and

WHEREAS; the City will engage the community in the design process for the Transit Oriented Redevelopment at the entire 35 acre Midway site; and

WHEREAS; the redevelopment of the Midway site as located in the center of the city would result in an investment and asset to not just the surrounding neighborhood but all of Saint Paul and the Twin Cities region; and

WHEREAS; the Club has indicated its intention to pay for the ...

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