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The Plan

June 2, 2006 1:14 AM

At this writing, everything is preliminary. The twins have admitted that all the drawings (and presumably the model) were just concepts, and have nothing to do with how the actual park will look.

So, until there is an architectural plan to look at, here are some of the documents which were used in support of the project. (Warning: Some of this is pretty dry stuff...)

Text of the Law (HF 2480)

House Supporting Documents

(PDF) Minnesota Urban Ballpark Proposal (Environmental Impact)

(PDF) C-17 Early Report Regarding the Site

(PDF) Twins Original Proposal

(PDF) HOK Preliminary Architectural Plans

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