Two multifamily housing projects on Lexington Parkway won final approvals from the Saint Paul Planning Commission on March 19.

The James Avenue Apartments, a 91-unit apartment building on the southeast corner of Lexington Parkway and James Avenue, was approved for a conditional use permit to allow a height of 65 feet, along with several setback variances. The developers are Chet Funk, Erich Leidel and Nathan Jameson.

The project involves removing six houses and constructing a building that would be five stories on its western end and four stories on the eastern end. Two levels of structured parking would accommodate 88 cars.

The commission also approved a conditional use permit that would allow a building height of up to 50 feet for the second phase of the Lexington Landing senior complex near West Seventh Street. The proposed four-story building would be the second of two taking up the 5-acre triangular parcel that was the former home to Riverside School.

Lexington Landing’s first phase is a five-story, 170-unit building at the corner of West Seventh Street and Montreal Avenue. It offers a mix of independent, assisted living and memory care units.

The second phase will have 91 independent living units, underground parking and a guest suite. It will be similar in appearance to the first building. The property is owned by the J.A. Wedum Foundation.

— Jane McClure


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