First look: St. Paul offers a new glimpse of the Lowertown Ballpark, Saints home

Courtesy city of St. Paul

The City of St. Paul has an update to its Lowertown Ballpark project and, as promised, it’s giving the park a new look. The rendering above has a look at the park with downtown St. Paul in the background.

Here’s a daytime version of the same ballpark:

Daytime-game

 

And yes, that’s a pig standing at the top of the stands, mugging for the virtual camera. It’s the Saints mascot.

Removing fluorescent bulbs at Diamond Products

The new renderings are the latest in a series of developments on the $54 million ballpark project this spring.

Abatement of the hazardous materials in the Diamond Products building started April 15 — contractors are removing fluorescent bulbs, asbestos, oils and PCBs left behind from years of manufacturing on the site. It’ll take about six weeks to get all the hazardous materials out, and the cavernous 650,000 square foot building is scheduled to be demolished starting in July.

The demolition is expected to run through August, and soil remediation, utility relocation and grading will go on all summer and into the fall. If that all goes as expected, construction on the actual ballpark is scheduled to start in December.

The new design will run about $1.7 million to draw up and is expected to include:

 

The city is also wrapping up work on its environmental assessment worksheet on the project — including a study of the controversy sparked by the city’s use of the parking lot just to the north of the Diamond Products building.

Critics say the ballpark itself will wipe out more than 300 low-cost parking spaces, including dozens now used by Market House condominium residents, right across Wall Street from the stadium site. They say the stadium could force residents to walk for blocks between their homes and cars.

The city, on the other hand, says there are 7,500 other parking spaces in Lowertown, and sums up the situation thusly: “The amount of parking that already exists is more than enough to handle people coming to events at the ballpark, current Lowertown residents, office workers and local businesses, and new businesses and residents.”

The city says some other details of the stadium are still getting worked out, including design of the dugouts, concession stands and family areas. If all goes well, construction will be substantially complete in the winter of 2014, and St. Paul Saints will throw their first pitch to a visiting batter in 2015.

  • Barbara Friberg

    I am extremely saddened to know that the beloved Saint Paul Saints will be moving from their awesome current location into downtown St Paul. I think that the small hometown charm and zaniness of the existing Saints field is at risk of being lost amidst the upscale, sleek, steel and glass structure of the new design. Albeit, I live within a convenient one-block walk to the new stadium, I would certainly give that up in order to keep the quirkiness and homeyness of the original field and stadium. The existing stadium has that “lived-in and comfortable” feeling, like a pair of my favorite blue jeans. Please reconsider your decision Mike and Bill!

  • Barbara Friberg

    I am extremely saddened to know that the beloved Saint Paul Saints will be moving from their awesome current location into downtown St Paul. I think that the small hometown charm and zaniness of the existing Saints field is at risk of being lost amidst the upscale, sleek, steel and glass structure of the new design. Albeit, I live within a convenient one-block walk to the new stadium, I would certainly give that up in order to keep the quirkiness and homeyness of the original field and stadium. The existing stadium has that “lived-in and comfortable” feeling, like a pair of my favorite blue jeans. Please reconsider your decision Mike and Bill!

  • http://www.facebook.com/kevin.luckow Kevin Luckow

    Just curious Barbara, what do you find so awesome and charming about Midway Stadium? The alunimum bleachers? Long lines for the restrooms sometime causing the Men’s bathroom to become a Women’s? Long walks from remote parking spots for those arriving later to the game? Postgame traffic jams on an Energy Park Drive that wasn’t meant for that level of traffic? An outfield that was sinking due to the ballpark being built on a landfill? High school quality locker rooms for the players that has caused players to choose another team to play for over the Saints? Favorite blue jeans are comfortable, but once there’s too many holes, you have to throw them out. The Saints charm is not going away, it’s just relocating.

  • Kevin

    Just curious Barbara, what do you find so awesome and charming about Midway Stadium? The alunimum bleachers? Long lines for the restrooms sometime causing the Men’s bathroom to become a Women’s? Long walks from remote parking spots for those arriving later to the game? Postgame traffic jams on an Energy Park Drive that wasn’t meant for that level of traffic? An outfield that was sinking due to the ballpark being built on a landfill? High school quality locker rooms for the players that has caused players to choose another team to play for over the Saints? Favorite blue jeans are comfortable, but once there’s too many holes, you have to throw them out. The Saints charm is not going away, it’s just relocating.