A five-story buildng with apartments above first-floor commercial space is being proposed at 695 Grand Ave.

The developers of a proposed five-story residential-commercial building on the site of Dixie’s, Saji-Ya and Emmett’s restaurants have informed the Summit Hill Association (SHA) that they have filed an application to rezone the property at 695 Grand Ave. from commercial to traditional neighborhoods. A request for a height variance and waiver from the East Grand Avenue Zoning Overlay District has also been submitted, according to the SHA. The overlay district has limited the heights of new buildings on that end of Grand to three stories.

Reuter Walton has been working with the property owner, the Kenefick family, on the development. They are planning to construct a 60-foot-high building with 79 apartments and ground-floor commercial space for Emmett’s, Saji-Ya and a third business tenant.

Their rezoning application could be reviewed by the Saint Paul Planning Commission’s Zoning Committee as early as July 1, with a recommendation by the full Planning Commission coming as soon as July 9. However, any rezoning is ultimately in the hands of the City Council.

The development team met virtually with the SHA and other neighbors earlier this spring and had promised to provide the SHA with more details about the project prior to filing its rezoning application.

The SHA’s Zoning and Land Use Committee will review the rezoning application in a virtual meeting via Zoom at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 8. The full SHA board may discuss the proposed rezoning and any updates on the project at its meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 10.

The SHA board will review the application and make its recommendation to city officials in a special meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 17. The developers will be invited to attend that meeting.

The developers’ rezoning application and height-variance request have been posted on the SHA website. Local residents and business people are invited to attend the SHA meetings and submit written comments on the project. Comments may be emailed to ZLU@SummitHillAssociation.org. All comments received by 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 16, will be provided to SHA board members prior to their discussion and vote.


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For more information or links to the virtual meetings, visit SummitHillAssociation.org/695grandave.

— Jane McClure


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