David Grant & Jim McDonough

Rice Creek Commons project

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Ramsey County and developer Alatus have been eager to pull the trigger on the long-planned redevelopment of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant into Rice Creek Commons, touted as a visionary mixed-use community. County Board chair Jim McDonough has been particularly keen to get it started this year, but Arden Hills Mayor David Grant opposed his schedule, saying the city isn’t getting a good enough deal. McDonough’s timetable prevailed in a nonbinding vote of a joint commission overseeing the project, but Grant dissented as the effort moved into a phase where it could run aground if the economy falters.