Grand Opening: Saturday Dec 8, 2012
Project cost: $243 million

The St. Paul Union Depot renovation is a project in downtown Saint Paul to be revitalized into a multimodal transit hub with regional and national significance. The 33-acre site is being transformed from a defunct train station to an active transit center in the heart of a thriving urban neighborhood. The Union Depot is a historic gem that will be the terminus of Twin Cities’ newest light rail transit line, connecting the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul with the Central Corridor project.

Currently under construction, the $243 million project is expected to generate 3,000 jobs. The revitalized St. Paul depot project will feature a green overlook to the Mississippi River with views up and downstream to an active working riverfront. It will connect to the river physically and visually as barriers are removed and new views are opened up. Air raid blackout paint from World War II is being taken off massive skylights in the vaulted waiting room where passengers will chose from light rail, local and inter-city bus service, taxis, Amtrak service—and in the future—commuter rail and high speed rail to Chicago. These modes, together with motor vehicles, bicycles and pedestrian traffic, will create a magnet for shopping and entertainment.

The mixed-use transit center already includes condominiums and restaurants and is blocks away from a year-round farmers market and lofts in Lowertown. The project will vie for LEED Silver certification, utilizing some of the most innovative environmental and energy efficient techniques available.

Successful public engagement has built support from multiple constituencies under the leadership of the Ramsey County Regional Rail Authority. An innovative design/build delivery system is meeting an aggressive funding and construction schedule.

The project is expected to ignite a transformation of the Lowertown neighborhood, and the unique combination of historic preservation and future multi-modal transportation will make the Union Depot a model for the rest of the country.

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source: Ramsey County