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Saints ballpark design/construction reward under review

New St. Paul Saints ballpark

Though St. Paul officials say nothing is amiss, Minnesota officials are viewing whether the decision to award the design/construction contracts for a new St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association) ballpark with no competitive bidding violates state guidelines.

The issue: usually government contracts are awarded after some kind of competitive bidding, but after the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development awarded $25 million toward the $54-million project, the city almost immediately awarded a contract for design/build to a trio of vendorsRyan, AECOM and Julie Snow Architects — with no competitive bidding.

St. Paul’s stance: the award from the state didn’t require a competitive bidding process, so the awards could be made immediately. Whether that’s true or not will first be informally judged by the Minnesota Department of Management and Budget; a formal legal decision from the attorney general’s office may be next.

Image courtesy St. Paul Saints.

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