Groups opposing a no-bid design/build contract have now filed for a temporary restraining order (TRO), asking that all work be stopped on a new downtown St. Paul Saints (independent; American Association) ballpark.
Last week the Taxpayers League and a local conservative activist announced plans to challenge the decision by St. Paul officials to award a no-bid contract to Ryan Companies, AECOM and Julie Snow Architects on the $54-million project. They argue state law requires a competitive bidding process (the project is receiving $25 million in state aid), and that other similar projects — Target Field, a new Vikings stadium, TCF Bank Stadium — went through a competitive bid process.
To drive home the point, the opponents (who, by the way, are not opposing the actual ballpark construction — just the bidding process) filed yesterday for a temporary restraining order, to immediately halt work on the ballpark until this issue is resolved, according to Finance and Commerce. A Ramsey County district court judge is expected to hear the case this week.
It’s not unusual for a company like Ryan to actually receive the contract after a bidding process; the firm helped the city and the Saints with free planning before the financing plan was finalized. What a public bidding process does is make sure there aren’t equally qualified vendors out there willing to do the job for less money, which would be a plus for Minnesota and St. Paul taxpayers.
Image courtesy St. Paul Saints.
RELATED STORIES: Saints ballpark design/construction reward under review; No reason to worry about gap in Saints ballpark funding — yet; Design/build team announced for new Saints ballpark; Saints, Huskies ballparks pitched for Minnesota state funds; St. Paul: We’ll request economic-development funds for new Saints ballpark; Affiliated ball in St. Paul? Don’t hold your breath; Duluth: We’ll continue seeking state fund for Wade Stadium renovations; Duluth Huskies unveil renovation plan for Wade Stadium; St. Paul officials confident in scoring state aid for Saints ballpark; Saints ballpark funding alive — but just barely; State aid for Saints ballpark coming down to the wire; Saints ballpark bill suffers setback in state Senate; St. Paul close to acquiring land for new Saints ballpark; Saints ballpark funding passes hurdle; Saints ballpark funding part of state bonding bill
Share your news with the baseball community. Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Are you a subscriber to the weekly Ballpark Digest newsletter? You can sign up for a free subscription at the Newsletter Signup Page.