The fate of the six-story Lexington Station housing development at 411-417 N. Lexington Pkwy. will not be known for at least another week. Citing the need for further review of conditions that could be placed on the project’s site plan, Saint Paul City Council member Dai Thao laid over until April 7 an appeal by developer Alatus to approve the site plan.

The Saint Paul Planning Commission voted 8-7 in February to deny the site plan. The development has become a flash point in the debate over gentrification and affordable housing in the adjacent neighborhoods of Summit-University and Frogtown.

Supporters contend that the mixed-use project would bring much needed housing to the area. It would be built on a long-vacant lot that is appropriately zoned Traditional Neighborhoods 4, and Alatus is not seeking any variances or public subsidies.

Opponents argue that the project does not meet the goals of the city’s comprehensive and neighborhood plans and that it would have a negative impact on the character of the surrounding area.

The $59 million project would provide 288 apartments, 3,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 254 structured parking spaces. The housing would be a mix of alcoves, studio, one-, two- and four-bedroom apartments. Fifty percent of them would be affordable to households making no more than 60 percent of the Twin Cities area’s median income.

— Jane McClure


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