The Saint Paul Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) on June 14 approved three variances for a lot at 682 Selby Ave. to be used for parking to accommodate an expanded apartment building at 683 Hague Ave.

The Selby lot was long home to a grocery store and barber shop with two apartments on its second floor until the building was destroyed by fire in 2018. The lot and a 14-unit apartment building at 683 Hague are owned by Joseph Hughes. He wants to add four efficiency apartments to the lower level of the building.

Although parking for its residents is currently provided on a lot at the southeast corner of Selby and Saint Albans Street, Hughes said his tenants want to park closer to their homes for safety reasons.

A minimum of 15 off-street parking spaces were required and 11 were approved. The parking spaces were required to be at least 4 feet from any lot line and 2 feet were allowed on the west side. A landscaped yard at least 4 feet wide was required along the public street or sidewalk, while a 1.5-foot-wide area was proposed on the north side and 1.2 feet on the east side.

BZA staff supported those three variances, but recommended denial of a fourth. That one required two shade trees for the new parking lot, but only one was proposed.

— Jane McClure

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