Ramsey County has announced it is seeking proposals from developers interested in building single-family residences on the site of its shuttered golf course in Maplewood.
In 2021, Ramsey County asked Developers for ideas about how to remake two large county-owned Maplewood parcels, which are west of Century Avenue, south of Interstate 94 and are separated by Lower Afton Road and the county’s correctional facility — a 77-acre undeveloped north site and the now-shuttered 88-acre Ponds at Battle Creek golf course.
Area Residents had lobbied to keep the golf course running. Citing poor financial performance, the county last year permanently closed The Ponds, a nine-hole course that opened in 2004.
In 2015, the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners forgave $5.7 million of golf course debt. It also had lost money seven of the last 11 seasons, prior to 2021, when it turned a $276,000 profit.
Environmental groups, including the Friends of the Mississippi River and Friends of Maplewood Nature Center, are steadfast in preserving the north site, which borders Battle Creek Regional Park.
The city has zoning rights to both properties. The southern Ponds site is earmarked in the city of Maplewood’s 2040 comprehensive plan as park or open space, while the northern undeveloped site is listed for institutional use.
Earlier this year, the county rejected three proposals from developers interested in the golf course site. At the time, the county said the three proposals didn’t align with priorities the county has for the land that include “land use feasibility, financial feasibility and alignment with equity goals identified within the county’s economic competitiveness and inclusion plan.”
This week’s announcement calls for proposals from Developers “with the ability, experience and financial resources to purchase and develop” the golf course site at 601 S. Century Ave.
Proposals that dedicate at least 10 percent of the houses for first-time homebuyers will receive priority, the county said.
Interested Developers should email their proposal to Jean Krueger, director of Ramsey County property management, at [email protected] The deadline is Jan. 17.