Ecolab to Invest $2M in Downtown Plaza Upgrade

Contributed by BSM Staff

ST. PAUL, MN -- Ecolab Inc., a provider of water, hygiene and infection prevention products, is planning a $2 million investment in a public-private partnership to convert a sidewalk and concrete plaza into a thriving community green space.

The plans were announced March 12 at an employee and community event in Rice Park to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. Ecolab Chairman and CEO, Christophe Beck and Mayor of Saint Paul, Melvin Carter, announced their support for the beautification of the area located between Ecolab Global Headquarters, the Landmark Center and the historic Hamm Building.

The majority of the 26,000-plus-square-foot area is owned and managed by multiple City of Saint Paul departments, with a small portion designated as Ecolab property. The parties are working together on a multi-stage proposal to transform the sidewalk and concrete plaza into an open, green area that supports their shared goals of a revitalized Downtown Saint Paul.

Concepts for the reimagined space include planting trees and native landscaping, pedestrian benches and other natural features to encourage community gathering.

Ecolab began as a two-person, Saint Paul-based business.

“Since our 1923 origins in the basement of the nearby Endicott Building, Ecolab has been a proud member of the Saint Paul community,” said Beck.

“For a century now, the growth and success of our City and Ecolab have been entwined,” said Melvin Carter, Mayor of Saint Paul. “I congratulate the company on reaching an impressive milestone and am proud to support a plan that creates a new, open space for all of us to enjoy."

The first phase of the beautification project will be managed by Ecolab and will begin once city approvals are finalized. The initial construction will be managed by Ecolab, funded by the company and the Ecolab Foundation and is expected to take approximately three months.

The City of Saint Paul and the Saint Paul Parks Conservancy will lead the project’s second phase, which includes the development and implementation of the park revitalization. Saint Paul residents are expected to be able to enjoy the completed project in early 2024.

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