Ponds at Battle Creek
Redevelopment Plan - Scope of Work
The first of the two sites is the 88-acre Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course located near the intersection of Century Avenue and Lower Afton Road. The second site is a 77-acre undeveloped parcel located approximately ½-mile north of the Ponds at Battle Creek and adjacent to the Ramsey County Correctional Facility.
Both sites are owned by Ramsey County. However, Ramsey County has made the decision to cease operations of the Ponds at Battle Creek Golf Course by the end of 2020. Although neither property is currently for-sale, the County is considering various options for disposing of the properties.
Due to their size, development of either site will have a significant impact on the immediate neighborhood and potentially the entire city. Therefore, the City of Maplewood is interested in working with the County to best guide any future development, should it occur, so that it is consistent with the City’s comprehensive plan and is vetted by the property’s neighbors.
Currently, the Ponds at Battle Creek site is guided, according to the 2040 Comprehensive Plan, as park or open space. Meanwhile, the northern undeveloped site is guided for institutional use. In both cases, these planned land uses are based on Ramsey County continuing to own the sites and maintain their current uses indefinitely. Assuming that the planned land uses for these sites will likely change as part of this planning process, it is anticipated that one or both of the redevelopment plans would ultimately be adopted by the City of Maplewood as amendments to its Comprehensive Plan.
The City of Maplewood not only sees this planning effort as an opportunity to provide a more realistic vision for these two sites should a new owner desire to change their land use, but it would also give Ramsey County, as the current owner, more certainty in how the City of Maplewood and other stakeholders view the future of these sites should the County decide to sell either or both sites.
PHASE 1: Analysis and Visioning
The purpose of Phase 1 is to assess existing conditions, identify concerns, issues, opportunities and constraints, and establish a vision for each property.
Community/Stakeholder Meeting #1 (Held on November 19, 2020) - Visioning Workshop: Perkins and Will will facilitate a workshop to provide a forum to involve interested stakeholders in a meaningful dialogue focusing on the future of both sites. Potential stakeholders will be defined during Task 1.1. Perkins and Will will work with the City of Maplewood to coordinate the recruitment of participants. The workshop is proposed to include the following agenda items:
- Introduction of the participants, overview of the planning process and background information
- Review of existing conditions analysis
- Visioning exercise to help define goals and objectives of the redevelopment plans
- Local views on specific issues and objectives, opportunities, and threats will be identified
PHASE 2: Development of Site Concept Plan
The purpose of Phase 2 is to prepare and test up to two alternative site plan concepts for the potential development of each subject site. These concepts will provide the framework upon which redevelopment plans will be created.
Community/Stakeholder Meeting #2 (Late January 2021) - Design Workshop: Perkins and Will will facilitate a design workshop/charrette with stakeholders. The intent of the workshop is to provide an informal setting to review alternatives for land uses and development of the Ponds at Battle Creek site. We will also define with the workshop participants existing issues and opportunities associated with various potential development scenarios. The agenda may include the following items:
- Summary of findings to date
- A summary of Urban Design Principles and examples
- Presentation of alternative site concepts: small group discussions of alternatives
- Wrap-up summary: small group representatives report summary of discussion to large group
Community/Stakeholder Meeting #3 (Mid/Late March 2021) – Open House: Perkins and Will will facilitate an open house to present the preferred concept plan for each subject site and to solicit any additional comments and input on the plan.
PHASE 3: Implementation
The purpose of Phase 3 will be to finalize the redevelopment plans and prepare documentation in support of plan adoption and subsequent implementation.
Property A is a County-owned, 77-acre undeveloped site in the eastern portion of Maplewood’s Battle Creek neighborhood with access from South Century Avenue. To the south is the Ramsey County Correctional Facility; to the North and West is Battle Creek Regional Park. To the east is residential property in the City of Woodbury.
Property B is the County-owned 88-acre Ponds at Battle Creek golf course, 601 South Century Avenue. To the north, across Lower Afton Road, is the Ramsey County Correctional Facility.
Public Engagement During COVID-19:
During the pandemic in order to ensure the safety of all parties, the City of Maplewood will rely on engagement strategies that are virtual (e.g., Zoom, Microsoft Teams meetings, Business Skype meetings) and then integrate, as possible, other techniques to reach those for whom the digital divide is too great (e.g., using cable access, direct mail, phone hotline, etc.).
This webpage will serve as the home for all documents and materials related to this project. In addition, there will be additional engagement opportunities hosted on this page as the project continues.