The General Services Administration (GSA) sold and transferred a 427-acre portion of the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant to Ramsey County, Minn., last week for $28 million.
The deal transfers ownership of 397 acres to the county immediately, while the remaining 30 acres will be transferred after it conducts environmental remediation, which is expected to take approximately three years, according to a GSA press release.
Remediation and building demolition at the site currently is under way through a contract executed by the county. That $23 million contract will be credited against the total $28 million purchase price. The county and the city of Arden Hills, located outside of Minneapolis-St. Paul, intend to use the site to promote economic development.
The property is a portion of the former Twin Cities Ordnance Plant which during World War II, occupied nearly four square miles. The Army constructed 323 buildings and at the peak of production employed 24,000 civilian and military personnel. The workforce produced 16.5 billion rounds of small-caliber ammunition for World War II, and the Korean and Vietnam conflicts.