Ryan Cos. to build St. Paul ballpark, after all

Ryan Cos. was finally awarded the contract to build the $54 million minor-league baseball stadium in St. Paul's Lowertown.

The deal to design and build comes three months after the city and the company had expected.

Back in October, the day after the city was awarded $25 million in state bonding funds for the project, the city announced a no-bid contract was going to Ryan to build the ballpark.

That sparked some outrage and a lawsuit by the Taxpayers League of Minnesota. So the city dropped the no-bid plan, and opened it up for bids.

Today, they announced that three companies had bid for the job and that Ryan was selected. The city will now begin contract negotiations with Ryan.

The other bidders were: Knutson Construction of Golden Valley and PCL Construction of Burnsville.

Said Mayor Chris Coleman, who'd made the ballpark a top legislative priority for the past few years:

"We are thrilled that this part of the process is complete, and that we are able to move forward to build the ballpark with a company that we know will be responsive and responsible, has demonstrated experience, and will hit the ground running. This ballpark will be an attraction for families across the region, it will add vitality to our community, it will bring 400,000 people to downtown yearly, and create hundreds of jobs. With this decision, we are one significant step closer to playing baseball in Lowertown."

Read the rest of this story by Joe Kimball at MinnPost.