In May of 2011 the Vikings and Ramsey County announced a partnership to build a new multi-purpose stadium on the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP) property in Arden Hills. The site in Arden Hills is just 10 miles from both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul and it offers tremendous benefits to the State, the County, the Vikings and the fans.
And, according to CNNMoney, Arden Hills is also among the best places to live in America in 2011. The website compiled a Top 100 places to live in 2011 list and Arden Hills came in ranked at #14, the second-highest ranking among all Minnesota towns (Chanhassen was ranked 10th).
On the page describing Arden Hills, it says families are attracted to Arden Hills by “a top-rated school district and a trail system that connects parks, playgrounds, and lakes.” It also says Arden Hills is known for strict tree preservation laws that even the newest developments “seem like long-established neighborhoods.”
The only negative CNNMoney listed with Arden Hills was the presence of a “Superfund” site, but the website also cites the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as saying the cleanup process at the site is “almost complete.”
Despite the Vikings partnership with Ramsey County and the team’s patience over the past several years, legislators chose not to address the stadium situation during the 2011 Legislative Session. The Vikings have done everything State leaders have asked, including finding a strong local partner, identifying the best stadium site and contributing significant private money into the project. The team continues to stand ready to complete the deal for a new stadium.
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