Bridges of St. Paul

Bridges of St. Paul

In 2005, J. Richard Hill was retained by the JLT Group to create a merchandising and leasing program for its 78 acre land holding on the Mississippi River across from the downtown core of St. Paul.
 
The Bridges was a spectacular mixed-use riverfront urban village designed and planned by Hart Howerton. Central to the design was the creation of a major waterfront promenade complete with terraced restaurants and marina harbor. A major retail street formed the core area within the village connected to the riverfront by open plazas and winter gardens to create year-round public places for this northern climate location. Unique strategies for parking, support building foundations, and the seasonal fluctuations of the river were inherent to the ultimate design approach. The project is intended to be a major waterfront destination with over 400,000 square feet of retail space, specialty restaurants, a cinema, 1,150 residential units, world cultural attractions, and major public open space amenities.
 
Rick created the economic strategy, market research and merchandising plan. This strategy included the creation of a large indoor market hall featuring prepared foods, take home foods, and indoor dining for this northern climate destination development. France 44 committed to anchor the hall. The entertainment portion of the project included a 14 screen AMC Cinema and Phil Weber’s “on the river” bowling.