The dirt will soon fly in St. Paul’s Midway, and that’s good news for soccer fans.
Mortenson Construction, the stadium builder contracted to build a 20,000-seat Major League Soccer venue for Minnesota United, has received a building permit from the city of St. Paul for initial site grading, excavation and soil cleanup on the southern end of the site.
Much of the blighted, vacant land overlooking Interstate 94 is owned by the Metropolitan Council and once housed a bus storage facility that was demolished in 2002. The permits also cover earthwork on vacant land next door owned by RD Management.
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The city permit, issued Tuesday, lists a backdated “estimated start date” of May 5 and an estimated completion date of Feb. 28, 2019. Under that timetable, Minnesota United will likely play two complete seasons at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium this year and next.
While United fans have been waiting with bated breath for news of stadium construction that was once expected to begin in May or June of last year, the latest building permit is more of a hopeful sign than definitive proof of life.
The work permit makes clear that it does not cover the construction of an actual stadium, or even major utility work, or the long-planned redevelopment of the neighboring Midway Shopping Center.
It states: “This permit covers only the scope of work for grading, for remediation of soils, and for minor utility demolition. … Separate zoning approvals are required for all additional phases under separate…
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