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St. Paul releases updated design drawings of Lowertown ballpark

Architects plan to use blackened steel, timber and load-bearing masonry to fit into the Lowertown milieu.

Rendering of the outfield view of the Lowertown Ballpark released on Thursday.
Courtesy of the City of St. Paul

St. Paul officials today released updated renderings of the new Lowertown ballpark that will be home to the minor league St. Paul Saints baseball team.

Demolition of the old Gillette/Diamond Products building, on the ballpark site near the Farmers’ Market, is nearly finished. The field is scheduled to be ready for the 2015 Saints season.

The ballpark’s price tag is now at least $62 million, with most coming from state and city financing. The baseball team’s share comes largely from naming rights and other new revenue generated by the park.

Officials said the ballpark’s architectural design will fit well with the historic Lowertown buildings by using blackened steel, timber and load-bearing masonry.

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Concept drawings released earlier were criticized by Council Member Dave Thune and the State Historic Preservation Office.

City officials said a majority of the  Lowertown Ballpark Design and Construction Committee support the updated design, and that the design team has also been working with the State Historic Preservation Office on the ballpark’s design and will submit more refined plans later this month.

Julie Snow, president of Julie Snow Architects, the project’s design architect, said of the updated design: “Not only will this be a great place for baseball, it will connect trails and new public space with the arts community in a building that is open, yet still feels like it is part of the community.”