The future home of a Major League Soccer stadium in St. Paul’s Midway has been all but cleared for take-off, according to TwinCities.com. Environmental review found no significant obstacles.
The city of St. Paul has finished a comprehensive environmental review of the entire 14-hectare (34.5 acres) Snelling-Midway redevelopment area. About a third of the plot will house the desired 21,500-seat stadium for Minnesota United.
The final Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) is nearly indistinguishable from a draft released for public comment in early June. The report found no need for the city or team to build new parking facilities to accommodate stadium-goers, noting that many will arrive on park-and-ride shuttles or light rail.
City officials say they received and responded to 60 substantive comments from individuals, agencies and organizations.
“The outcome here is much like the draft we set out,” said St. Paul Planning and Economic Development Director Jonathan Sage-Martinson. “It sets forward a path … and fundamentally, we’re on the same path. It looks like there’s ways to make this happen and to manage the growth.”