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Old November 4th, 2014, 11:43 PM   #1
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SAINT PAUL General Developments

St. Paul projects and development news.
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St. Paul does seem to get overlooked, but it's a beautiful city with so much potential. And that potential will be achieved with the momentum that it has.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 12:07 AM   #3
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Lowertown Ballpark set to host their first game on May 21st!
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Did someone request that this thread be stickied? If not, can we get this thread stickied? If Eau Claire can have their own stickied thread, certainly St. Paul can!
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Already sent a PM to a moderator about it. Also asked for the Minneapolis/St Paul News thread to be renamed. It will simply be known as Minneapolis Development News from now. If there are any objections, please speak up.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 02:36 AM   #6
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I'm working on a rundown for St. Paul projects. But man it's long. Nothing really new that hasn't been mentioned elsewhere. So don't expect any secret skyscraper projects being revealed.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 04:18 AM   #7
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I'm working on a rundown for St. Paul projects. But man it's long. Nothing really new that hasn't been mentioned elsewhere. So don't expect any secret skyscraper projects being revealed.
Maybe you should submit a new post for each individual project once a week, just to keep this thread alive.

All joking aside, I'm surprised St. Paul isn't being talked about as the new hot spot in the Twin Cities. Everyone I know is moving across town to the Silver City! Even I'm thinking about heading on over once my lease is up...
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Old November 5th, 2014, 04:59 AM   #8
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Maybe you should submit a new post for each individual project once a week, just to keep this thread alive.
LOL. This is why I left UrbanMSP. I know your kidding and it's in jest Jennifat. But man why all the snark towards St. Paul?

I mean I do get it. St. Paul is the sad stepchild to glitzy, awesome, out of this world Minneapolis.

It's the internet. I know that. But man. Let's all just try to keep this thread more active than Eau Claire's. And perhaps even Urbanmsp's? That shouldn't be too hard.
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Old November 5th, 2014, 05:35 PM   #9
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St. Paul has a great housing stock, especially south of 94 between the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul (a huge swath of land). On the whole, I also think St. Paul preserved their historical nature much better than Minneapolis, giving it more character. St. Paul isn't tall, but it does have charm. I think if the city can create faster access to downtown Minneapolis via public transit, it'll be just fine.

I know this is pie in the sky, but I'd love to see a subway run from downtown St. Paul to Uptown via Grand Ave & Marshall Avenue & then elevated over Lake St. For those needing to get to downtown Minneapolis, they could transfer to the Hiawatha line at Lake.
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St. Paul has a great housing stock, especially south of 94 between the Mississippi River and downtown St. Paul (a huge swath of land). On the whole, I also think St. Paul preserved their historical nature much better than Minneapolis, giving it more character. St. Paul isn't tall, but it does have charm. I think if the city can create faster access to downtown Minneapolis via public transit, it'll be just fine.

I know this is pie in the sky, but I'd love to see a subway run from downtown St. Paul to Uptown via Grand Ave & Marshall Avenue & then elevated over Lake St. For those needing to get to downtown Minneapolis, they could transfer to the Hiawatha line at Lake.
That would be awesome, and it could be done like they made the light rail underground at MSP
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Current multi-family or mixed use projects recently opened/under construction/planned/proposed

Rayette Lofts

New 88 unit apartment building is finishing up construction in Lowertown. First residents just started moving in. A restaurant Saint Dinette is already
hosting some pop up events. Side note they were originally going to move into the Farmers Market Lofts across the street, but backed out as the
smaller space just wasn’t enough. Big River Pizza is reportedly heading to FML.

Another Sherman building, Straus Lofts along Mears Park, shows a retail lease to JL Beers. This space has long been vacant. It has recently been used as
Rayette’s leasing office. Haven’t seen official announcements, but found it on BOMA’s website.


Midway Village/Episcopal Homes

Episcopal Homes’s new project is finishing up construction. Fun factoid, former mayor George Latimer will be living here.


The Willows at Ramsey Hill

A three story 58 unit assisted living building is being built in Cathedral Hill. Construction should be complete next spring.


Vintage on Selby

Construction well underway. Not much to photograph yet. But a lot of prefab concrete is already in place for the basement levels on the south side.
Should be above ground early next year.


Western Plaza U

This is under construction. It has been scaled back to three stories instead of four depicted in the render. A small commercial phase 2 building is also planned.


Custom House

202 apartments, 150 room hotel. Some interior work has been completed already. The apartment conversion is expected first, followed by the hotel component. Heavy construction is expected very soon.


BROWNstone

Model Cities $12 million redevelopment of the existing BROWNstone building at 849 University. Final funding was received from the state and construction should begin next year.


Central Exchange

Model Cities other University Ave project didn’t make the cut with BROWNstone. This one will likely stay in a holding pattern for a couple more years.


Seven Corners Hardware

Planning continues. Just recently Opus requested some ROW easements sent to the city council. Demolition could begin fairly soon. Construction should
start in spring.


Victoria Park Apartments phase 2

The first phase wrapped up earlier this year and leased very well. The 190 unit second phase should move ahead next year.


Seven Corners Gateway

A six and eight story residential and hotel development across from the Xcel Energy Center. Construction is set to begin about a year after Opus’ 7
Corners Hardware project finishes.

Hamline Station

This project is a mystery. Ground breaking ceremony was in August yet still no work begun. This project does have a number of different entities
involved. Two separate ones for the housing buildings, a third for the retail component. Multiple funding sources. Too many fingers in the pot I suppose…


Prior Crossing

Beacon Interfaith’s project cleared its last financial hurdle recently with financing from the state. They are all set to go now. Expect construction to
start early next year. Demolition of the existing building was completed sometime ago.


Dominium East 7th Senior Housing/Mississippi Market




Construction has begun on the Mississippi Market on East 7th Street next to the Metro State campus. Once the grocery store finished, work should begin
on the apartment building.


Waters of Highland Park

Construction of this new senior apartment building is under way.


Dorothy Day ReVision
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Funding has been secured for phase 1 of Dorothy Day’s makeover. Construction should start next year.


2700 University at Westgate

The 248 unit building should begin construction next spring. The city recently signed off on a TIF funding plan. By all accounts it should finally set to go now.


Sears redevelopment




This was announced with a lot of fanfare, but little movement so far. A new state owned parking ramp is finishing up construction along Rice Street.
Presumably once finished work could begin. First to go will be the auto center. It will be moved closer to the store itself. I fear the retail leases
might be delaying things. But who’s to say. Sears has mentioned at redeveloping the rest of the lot as a second phase.


Midway Center redevelopment



(Just a concept of what could be built (from University United)

Probably one of the biggest areas along University Avenue (save for maybe Prospect Park) for redevelopment. The former American Bank is being
renovated to a Walgreens. A small building will be added on its east side. The first phase of redevelopment will likely include building out a natural street
grid and utility network. The Snelling side is expected to be built out first. The McDonalds site is mentioned as being developed early as well. It’s been
mentioned they expect to be relocated within the area though beforehand.


St. Paul Riverwalk (Island Station)

The site is now owned by an Arizona based developer . Plans include a 12 story mixed use tower. A small office building (with the Parks Dept being the
tenant) and parking ramp. 350 units total and retail.


US Bank/Unisys Shepherd/Davern site
Johnson Liquor Brothers purchased this site about a year ago. Formal plans haven’t been shown to the public yet. But they did show their master plan
and phase 1 to the city’s site plan committee recently. Hopefully we’ll see them shortly. Expect a large mixed use project.


Sibley Plaza redevelopment




http://highlanddistrictcouncil.org/w...-11-14-3-1.pdf
A $50 million redevelopment proposed for the Sibley Plaza strip mall. It’s running into a problem regarding the Traditional Neighborhood (TN) rezoning.
Some want the parking behind the buildings, others are comfortable with it.


Phalen Village Centre


A 3-story 60 unit building planned at Phalen and Clarence Avenue.
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Commercial
HealthPartners NeuroScience Center
A $79 million expansion project to be built next to their Pelham Blvd campus. 4 stories, 128,000 sq ft building plus new parking ramp. Hoping to start
construction in 2015 and be complete by spring 2017.


Institutional

Metro State Parking Ramp


Metro State Student Center


Metro State Science and Education Center
http://www.metrostate.edu/msweb/imag...ciEdCtr_lg.jpg

All three Metro State projects are under construction at the moment.


Senate Office Building and parking ramp

A new four story office building behind the capitol is under construction.


Industrial

United Properties/SPPA Midway stadium redevelopment


A new 189,000 industrial spec building to be built on the site of the Midway stadium. Construction should start early next, available in Nov ’15.


Interstate Partners/SPPA development



Interstate Partners is partnering with the SPPA to construct a 58,000 industrial spec building on the Beacon Bluff area (former 3M land). Moventas,
a wind energy company, will lease about half the building.


Commercial/Institutional Renovations

Palace Theater

Work should begin next year on the $12 million overhaul. Movies may also return as well to the 3,000 seat space. But that hasn’t been 100% verified.

TPT Headquarters


TPT’s $18 million renovation has recently begun.

Minnesota Childrens Museum

The $28 million expansion and renovation plan received bonding money but unsure when construction will begin. 2015 or 2016 possible.

Ordway Theater

Main construction finishing up on the $75 million project.

Macy’s Building

The Port Authority is continuing to market the building. A recent update says that reuse is most likely. Reclad in glass curtain wall. Has 17 foot floor
heights. So residential uses could be appealing. Institutional uses mentioned. SPPA has hinted at an announcement possibly by the end of the year.
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Small Commercial

Goodwill University Ave
New 2-story retail and office building along University Ave. Construction well under way.



New YMCA University Ave
YMCA plans to build a new building on the site of their existing facility on University Ave near Fairview.


South Robert St 2-story commercial


West Side Community Organization (WSCO) is partnering with Neighborhood Development Alliance (NeDa) in planning a two story commercial/retail building
at 430 Sout Robert Street.


Pieology/Shuler Shoes
These are two new small commercial retail buildings along the north side of Ford Parkway.


Sports

CHS Field

The new 7,000 seat $63 million ballpark in Lowertown should be finished in spring of next year.
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Transit

A Line (aBRT)

Construction will begin on the bus rapid transit route next year.

Gold Line (Gateway Corridor)
A $450 million 12-stop BRT line is planned for to run between the Union Depot and Woodbury.

Riverview Corridor

A proposed transit line from downtown St. Paul to the MSP airport.

7th Street Streetcar

[img] http://www.stpaul.gov/images/pages/N...tarterLine.jpg [/img]
The city has settled on a route for a $250 million streetcar line along East and West 7th.

Future BRT routes (downtown)

Several downtown bus stops are getting big makeovers (new shelters, security upgrades, real time arrival signs, lighting, bicycle amenites). Two
stations will be built to accommodate future ticket vending machines for aBRT routes planned for E and W 7th Streets.

Downtown Bike Loop




A roughly $20 million bike loop is planned in downtown. Jackson Street will be the first converted and has been funded. The final configuration isn’t decided
on. But the entire route will be mapped out when Jackson is built.
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Park projects

Pedro Park

Plans are in a bit of a holding pattern. The building in the foreground is the police annex building. It’s home to the SPPD’s shooting range. It was also
home to the department’s radio/tech training and vice undercover ops. Those two depts have since moved out in the last year or so. Plans are to relocate
the shooting range into the former Baldinger Bakery building on the west side. Funding for that ~$11 million project are up in the air. Some will likely come
from CTIB and possibly state bonding money. The parking lots on the block are also on the “to do” list for CTIB funding.

Central Station plaza park

This has received $1 million in funding from the new 8-80 Fund for design and construction of the park. This is the small parcel at the SE corner of 6th and
Cedar.

Dickerman Park

Funding has been secured for this sad little stretch of land along University Ave, near Fairview LRT stop. Planning and design should commence next
year.


Victoria Park

Design and planning is pretty far along. Funding, not so much. All depends on CTIB at this point.

Frogtown Farm

Planning is pretty well developed. Should likely be built out gradually in phases.

Single Family Home developments

Pleasant Avenue Homes

8 new SFH at 361 Pleasant Avenue. This is at the bottom of Summit hill, north side of I-35 opposite Childrens/United Hospital. Developer is Homestead
Partners

Village of Rivoli Housing

12 phase 1 new SFH, but eventually up to 35, on the east side at 700 Rivoli Street. Still getting financing together, but has secured numerous grants and
credits already. Hoping to start next year.
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Sites to watch in the future

West Publishing/former Ramsey County jail site
Ramsey County has vacated its former offices here for other buildings in downtown. A plan to study the demolition and redevelopment potential was begun last year. It is a high priority development site for Ramsey Commissioner Ortega. Given the interest in the 7 Corners Gateway site, a potential announcement regarding Macy’s, and things could look bullish for the county to try another go at marketing the site to private developers. Ortega has hinted at the possibility for hotel, residential, and retail uses.

Ford Site
The 122 acre site is currently in the process of being readied for resale and redevelopment. All major structures have been demolished. Floor slabs are currently be broken up. The site will be cleaned up to industrial standards. Expect a large mixed of housing, commercial, industrial, office, and retail built here.

Follow up phases to West Side Flats
The parking lot just to the north of the apartment building is slated to be either a one-story commercial building, or multi story apartment building. The vacant land along the river between the apartment building and US Bank operations building is slated for eventual redevelopment as well. Sherman Associates was given development rights for that area. They have it for the next 2-3 years.

Former University Ave Loomis Armored site
Ironton acquired this site near the C&E Apartment building, another project they did. They recently developed a new headquarters for Loomis Armored on the east side on the former 3M land. Expect some mixed use property here.

Lyric Living site
A residential parking lot for the Carleton Place and Lyric Living residents is also owned by the developers Johnson Liquor Brothers. Expect a mixed use development here at some point.

Central Station site
A prime centrally located site in downtown will be partially redeveloped into a park and temporary parking lot. Expect an RFP released either in 2015 or 16 for this site. The city recently approved a million dollars (as part of its 8-80 Fund) to design and build a park at the SE corner of 5th and Cedar.

4th and Wacouta lot
This lot is owned by the Rutzick family. A long time locally based developer. Reportedly they have received many offers and inquiries for the block. They’ve advertised it for sale as a 65 unit building site. No sale after many years of it being on the market suggests they are holding out for a very high price.

Convention center ramp
The city has long dreamed of a major convention sized hotel atop the parking ramp along Kellogg Blvd adjacent to the Xcel and RiverCentre. I wouldn’t expect any movement here until after the nearby West Publishing site is redeveloped though.

5th and Wabasha parking lot
This is the parking lot located across from Macy’s with the “skyway to nowhere” is. Was the site many recall where Wingfield proposed a cantilevered skyscraper some years back. They lost it in bankruptcy. The lot is currently controlled by Vomela/Camada. A printing company headquartered on the west side near the airport. Entrepreneur and business man Tom Auth owns it. Most likely as just an investment property. Perhaps once Macy’s is redeveloped and the Palace Theater reopens there will be more demand on this site.
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Okay so there's a rundown of things in St. Paul. Sorry for all the random sized images.
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Maybe you should submit a new post for each individual project once a week, just to keep this thread alive.

All joking aside, I'm surprised St. Paul isn't being talked about as the new hot spot in the Twin Cities. Everyone I know is moving across town to the Silver City! Even I'm thinking about heading on over once my lease is up...

I completely agree! I think to many people focus on Minneapolis as it's the likely candidate to build buildings of large heights. Clearly height is not the most important factor in creating a good community sure some height is needed but St. Paul has some great potential. I noticed on google maps they are already building some nice urban residential buildings just across the river I would imagine in 10-20 years that entire area may become developed!

Also any idea on the long term plan for the St. Paul Airport? Maybe it's not valuable land now but within 20 years surly they may want to develop it onto an expanded urban core area?

Maybe it's unlikely we would see that massive of a development in downtown St. Paul but the city does have a great deal of potential and it sure is a lovely downtown. I used to work for a company that had a HQ downtown St. Paul such a lovely streetscape that you don't see in Minneapolis... Just saying

Also can I ask why you and your friends are so interested in living in downtown St. Paul? Would like to hear more about the positive parts of St. Paul. I don't think they have to many grocery options but again LRT can make a quick trip to the midway so it's to difficult.
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Whoa

Thanks for this huge comprehensive overview. Will take a bit to go through all of it but just wanted to says thanks for posting.
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The city's Nov 12th HRA agenda includes final approval of Custom House's $5.8 million TIF plan.

202 market rate apartments (28 studio, 109 1 bdrm, 58 2 bdrm, 7 3 bdrm)
322 parking stalls

Apartments on floors 6-16. 150 room hotel on floors 2-4. Rental storage space in the six story annex. Total development cost is $86.3 million. Also the bulk of the financing is being done through historic tax credits like the Schmidy Brewery and Pillsbury A Mill. Looks as though that's all set, construction would begin next month.
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