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Highland Bridge | S9 Selected as Premier Builder

Updated February 12, 2021
Chad Hanson
Chad Hanson

As the Managing General Partner at Sustainable 9 Design + Build, Chad is responsible for establishing the vision and strategy for our clients. What helps separate Chad from other visionaries in the home building sector is his ability to create a unique customer service experience that is both highly personalized and encourages collaboration. Chad’s experience and expertise in the field makes him a pleasure to work with and an all-around expert in Minnesota Modern.

St. Paul’s former Ford Motor Co. assembly plant has been turned into a residential housing zone with a focus on creating a flourishing new neighborhood called Highland Bridge. This is the first time that new lots have been added to the market in this area. As you can imagine, there’s quite a high demand for these lots. Sustainable 9 is proud to announce that we’ve been selected as one of the premier builders within this new Highland Bridge development.

The lots will range in cost from $475,000 to $1.15 million. These lots offer a unique location and great amenities from the surrounding communities and have gained a lot of recognition from the public. As of late January, there have been over 1,000 inquiries into the 34 total lots that will be for sale, according to Coldwell Banker Realty’s Crocus Hill Office—the brokerage firm handling land sales.

The first phase of the project is set to open Monday, February 8th, and will release just 20 of the lots. The other 14 lots will be released at a later date.

Those interested in building single-family homes in the area can expect that homes will range from $1.3 to $3 million in total cost after the cost of land. This will make for nothing short of a luxury neighborhood.

highland bridge future development

History of Location

The Ford Motor plant that previously sat on 117 University Ave W, Saint Paul, was built in 1914 by Henry Ford and his team as they sought to expand manufacturing throughout the midwest. While the factory was never producing more than 500 – 1000 vehicles each year, it did play a big role in St. Paul’s culture.

In the 70s, the building was purchased by the state of Minnesota to be used as offices. You’ll notice that it’s just across the street from the state’s capital. But, not far away, there was a production facility on Mississippi River Boulevard where the river is dammed in order to harness the power of the river’s current.

This site was demolished in 2012 by the Ford Motor Company to make way for future developments. This is where Highlands Bridge comes into play.

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Ford Motor Plant after demolition. New Construction to start on site 2021

Highland Bridge Residential Development

The opportunity to build a home on Mississippi River Boulevard hasn’t come around in nearly 50 years. Those that snag lots in time will be able to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity. The Highland Bridge development will feature a number of amenities including close-by shopping, parks, authentic fields, and more to attract families that are ready to build new homes. It will also feature a number of apartment buildings for those that aren’t ready to buy or build a home, but that still want to enjoy the location that Highland Bridge has to offer.

In total, the development is going to feature about 3,800 housing units, of which 20% will be affordable housing. Additionally, there will be around 265,000 square feet of office space and 150,000 square feet of retail space. On the northeast corner of the site, work is already underway on a mixed-use building that will include 230 apartments and a 51,000 square-foot Lunds & Byerly’s.

In total, there will be Affordable Housing opportunities, a 15 block Rowhome district, Apartment Communities, Custom Homes, Senior Living, and Condos. When the project is completed, it’s expected that this community will support nearly 300,000 residents.

The plan offers a total of around 8 acres in total, with 20 of the lots right along the Mississippi River. Here is a short video from Fox 9 news:

Home Builders in the Development

One unique feature of this development is that there are only a total of 5 home builders that have been selected to build homes within this development. These premier builders have a reputation for energy-efficient, Minnesota modern homes that always leave their new owners speechless.

Sustainable 9 is thrilled to be accepted as one of the builders on this project. We’ve worked hard to develop a reputation for sustainability and excellence throughout our areas of operation.

If you’d like to learn more about Sustainable 9, you can view our past projects here. Be sure to reach out to us with any questions you have.

Finally, if you’d like a chance to build a home within the new Highland Bridge development, visit their website. On the website, you’ll find information on the project as well as information on the different living opportunities.

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Chad Hanson
Chad Hanson

As the Managing General Partner at Sustainable 9 Design + Build, Chad is responsible for establishing the vision and strategy for our clients. What helps separate Chad from other visionaries in the home building sector is his ability to create a unique customer service experience that is both highly personalized and encourages collaboration. Chad’s experience and expertise in the field makes him a pleasure to work with and an all-around expert in Minnesota Modern.

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