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ST. PAUL-Real estate developer Jerry Trooien is expected to unveil an ambitious plan next week to transform Downtown’s West Side riverfront into a bustling entertainment and retail complex.

Trooien’s JLT Group calls its master plan for the West Side Flats, “The Bridges at St. Paul,” a reference to the one-million-sf project’s proximity to such nearby bridges as Wabasha Street and Robert Street bridges over the Mississippi River.

The development team envisions restaurants and shops, a hotel and movie theater, a cultural center and more than 1,000 condominiums and apartments. Financing arrangements, including potential public subsidies from the city, have yet to be ironed out.

The Bridges at St. Paul would aim to become a regional shopping and entertainment attraction, which would set the development apart from some of the city’s other major real estate projects. The Upper Landing housing project, under construction on the river southwest of downtown, is one of the developments aspiring to create a neighborhood “urban village” atmosphere.

The master plan encompasses 75 acres, which would make the project one of the largest real estate developments in the city’s history. JLT Group owns much of the land, but the city owns one riverfront parcel within the development.

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