LETTER: Offering a clear path forward on TCAAP

To the Editor:

 

When I was growing up, shuttling between my parents’ homes in New Brighton and Vadnais Heights meant passing the Twin Cities Army and Ammunition Plant. TCAAP wasn’t much to look at then. Many years later, the land sits empty despite investment from Ramsey County taxpayers to clean up contamination. 

The next commissioner for Ramsey County District 1 must focus on rebuilding the relationship between Arden Hills and the county to implement the Rice Street Commons development. Retracing how the relationship went south or placing blame will not move us closer to realizing this vision. 

I’m running for commissioner in District 1 because I see a clear path forward. My previous work experiences serving people have shown me why families’ needs must be at the center of any development at the site. My position on this issue means three things: 

First, affordable housing is critical for the financial success of the project and our community’s future. Stable, safe housing was key to my family’s — and so many other families’ — successes. 

Second, we need to grow the tax base in Ramsey County. If our county is to continue meeting the needs of residents, we must prioritize development that allows taxpayers to recoup their investment and share the ongoing tax burden.

Finally, I will be an engaged partner. I want to have open, honest conversations about where our community is heading. 

Visit www.nicolefrethem.com or www.facebook.com/FrethemforRamseyCounty for information about community meet-ups.

 

Nicole Frethem

Ramsey County District 1 Commissioner candidate

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