New Brighton Exchange

Project Location: Northwest quadrant of the intersection of I-35W and I-694
Nominated by: City of New Brighton

The New Brighton Exchange redevelopment transformed a 100-acre site with a complicated industrial history.  For over 100 years, a range of industrial and commercial uses had occurred involving 15 historic properties, including a former petroleum refinery, two rendering plants, a solvent-recycling facility, railroad spurs, two former dumps that received municipal and demolition wastes, an asphalt mix plant, stockyards, and gasoline stations. The complex land use history resulted in extraordinary environmental challenges to redevelopment, including numerous petroleum leak sites, two state superfund sites, and concerns with landfill gas.

Long-range planning and commitment by City leaders, both current and past, was the key to success for the eventual New Brighton Exchange redevelopment, and required weathering economic cycles and changing market preferences. The City championed a plan for residential, commercial, and park spaces that would position New Brighton for the future with new jobs and housing choices.

After successfully assembling land and addressing the environmental, geotechnical, and infrastructure challenges on site, a wave of new projects have been completed just since 2015. These include: new corporate headquarters for Cardiovascular Systems, Inc., a high-tech medical device firm; headquarters for APi Group, Inc, a parent company of specialty construction firms located worldwide; and creation of 56 single-family homes and 32 townhomes in Pulte Home’s development. Together, these projects have established New Brighton Exchange as the City’s newest neighborhood in which to live, work and play.

Project Financing
Private Capital/Equity (City of New Brighton)
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Brownfield Assessment and Cleanup Grants
MN Dept of Employment & Economic Development Investigation & Cleanup Grants
Metropolitan Council Tax Base Revitalization Account Cleanup Grants
Ramsey County Environmental Response Fund Cleanup Grant

Project Partners
City of New Brighton
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA)
Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)
Metropolitan Council
Ramsey County
United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
Minnesota Department of Health
Rice Creek Watershed District
Ryan Companies
Pulte Homes
APi Group, Inc.
Cardiovascular Systems, Inc.
Data Sciences International
Barr Engineering Co.
Kimley-Horn and Associates, Inc.
Liesch, a Terracon Company
Braun Intertec Corporation
American Engineering Testing, Inc.
Fredrikson & Byron
Belair Sitework Services

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