The Lowertown Plan
Lowertown is a distinct and lively neighborhood in St. Paul. It easily shares its history with the new energy, investments and excitement that are revitalizing the neighborhood. Lowertown is home to the soon-to-be-renovated Union Depot (the projected final stop for the new Central Corridor light-rail line), a renowned farmers’ market, and a growing list of bars, restaurants, art galleries, condos and businesses. A community ballpark nestled into this vibrant neighborhood will build on Lowertown’s vitality and create a stronger future for baseball in St. Paul.
A new ballpark in St. Paul will bring:
- A chance to host national college and American Legion baseball tournaments and other events
- An added attraction in an area that the Star Tribune calls “the Cities’ coolest place to hang this summer”
- Major new investments as Lowertown continues to attract business prospects around the ballpark site, including the terminus of the Central Corridor light-rail line, the largest single infrastructure investment in Minnesota’s history
- Construction jobs to build the ballpark and more permanent jobs in the neighborhood
- The same St. Paul Saints affordable family fun, but in an inviting place designed for the best fan experience
Dollars and Cents
The regional ballpark is anticipated to cost approximately $50 million, including all infrastructure improvements – roads and utilities. The St. Paul Saints and the City of St. Paul are putting forth about – half of the entire cost. In order to make the ballpark a reality, we need the State Legislature to approve bonding money for the remaining portion of the cost.
Concept Drawings: Brownfield to Ballfield
The ballpark would create the final connection between the Morgan, Bruce Vento, and Gateway trails and other downtown bike and pedestrian connections. This goes hand in hand with a commitment by the St. Paul Saints and the City of St. Paul to make the new facility one of the nation’s greenest ballparks. It would also reflect the historic and artistic character of the neighborhood, featuring local artists’ work and drawing on the neighborhood’s artistic flair. Well-known as the heart of St. Paul’s creative arts endeavors, Lowertown would provide the ballpark with an even stronger hometown feeling. Another exciting element would be the new ballpark’s connections to light-rail, the anticipated high-speed rail, and commuter transit that would make it easy for people to attend games.