Highland Park

highlanddistrictcouncil.org • 651-695-4005

Business of the Month—Cold Front has been chosen by the Highland District Council as the local Business of the Month for July. Located at Hamline and Randolph avenues, the neighborhood ice cream shop has been serving cold treats, coffee and made-to-order fountain drinks since 2014. Mention the HDC for a buy-one-get-one-free offer on a single scoop.

Ford site hearing—The Saint Paul Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on proposed amendments to the open space standards in the Ford site master plan and zoning at 8:30 a.m. Friday, July 23. The staff report can be viewed at stpaul.gov/planning-commission. More about the meeting and how to comment is available at tinyurl.com/hmn5rbna.

National Night Out—This year’s National Night Out is Tuesday, August 3. Information and ideas will soon be posted at stpaul.gov/departments/police/national-night-out.

Pool House music and more—Join the HDC at the Historic Highland Pool House on Montreal Avenue and Edgcumbe Road from 6-11 p.m. Thursday, August 5, for live music from Lena & The Love Kills, food trucks, lawn games, an art activity, Open Eye Figure Theater’s The Amazing Cowboat and the 2020 movie The War With Grandpa (rated PG). The event is being held in partnership with the Highland Business Association, Friends of Highland Arts, and Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation. Bring your own lawn chairs.

Special kudos—A total of 51 units of blood and 10 bags of personal care items were donated on June 25 at the Highland Park Community Center for the benefit of Memorial Blood Centers and Project Home at Provincial House, the new temporary homeless shelter on Randolph Avenue.

Upcoming meetings—board of directors, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 15; and Community Development Committee, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 20. All HDC meetings are currently being held online via Zoom. Links to access the meetings are posted on the HDC’s website. Visit highlanddistrictcouncil.org/calendar.

Macalester-Groveland

macgrove.org • 651-695-4000

Anti-racism sessions­—Macalester-Groveland neighbors are organizing an effort focused on key issues of owning a home and creating more equitable wealth. The group will meet for five, 30- to 45-minute educational Zoom sessions on Thursdays starting on July 8, with a final two-hour session to discuss next steps. Visit macgrove.org/events.

 

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Garage sale—The Great Macalester-Groveland Garage Sale is now accepting registrations. The garage sale will be held on the last Saturday in August, rain or shine. Register your sale by August 6. Visit macgrove.org/what-we-do/garagesale.

Plan a block party—An online meeting on planning a block party for National Night Out in August or for any other time this summer will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. Learn more at macgrove.org/events.

Century building plaques—Orders are now being accepted for the next round of century building plaques. All owners of buildings in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood that were constructed in 1926 or before are eligible. Learn more by visiting macgrove.org/100years.

Get your gardens ready—Judging for the community council’s annual Alley Garden Awards will take place from July 15-22. Volunteers will walk all alleys in the neighborhood and present awards to gardens that have a clear house number and well-kept plants—in the ground or in pots. Learn more at macgrove.org/aga.

Upcoming online meetings—board of directors on Thursday, July 8; Community Building Team on Monday, July 12; Transportation Committee on Monday, July 26; Housing and Land Use Committee on Wednesday, July 28. All meetings begin at 6:30 p.m. To receive monthly notices and Zoom information, visit macgrove.org/participate.

Volunteers needed—The community council is seeking volunteers to help out at Mac-Grove Fest, which will be held from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, September 11, on the fields at the Edgcumbe Recreation Center, 320 S. Griggs St. For information, email alyssa@macgrove.org.

Summit Hill

summithillassociation.org • 651-222-1222

Dixie’s site—The Summit Hill Association board of directors met in special session via Zoom on June 17 to discuss the four rezoning and variance requests for the redevelopment of the property at 695 Grand Ave. Three of the requests (B2 to T3 rezoning, a conditional use permit for increased height and a variance for increased setback along Grand) were recommended by the board. The remaining request (exemption from the East Grand Avenue Overlay District) was not. The board determined an exemption from the overlay district was not in the neighborhood’s best interest and the developer should apply for variances where the project does not comply with the provisions of the district. The recommendations have been forwarded to the Saint Paul Planning Commission, which will review the issue this month. The matter will be taken up by the City Council in August for a final decision. The SHA board resolved to evaluate the overlay district at future meetings with a deadline of June 1, 2022.

Neighborhood survey—A working group within the SHA’s Neighborhood Plan Committee presented data via Zoom on June 22 from the public survey conducted earlier this year. Committee members and the public discussed the results, interpreted the survey data in groups, and considered additional demographics to study before the information is included in the Neighborhood Plan. The survey analysis report and appendices are available at summithillassociation.org/plan in the “Resource” section.

Upcoming meetings—board of directors, 7 p.m. Thursday, July 8; Environment Committee, 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 13; Racial Dialogue and Action Committee, 7 p.m. Monday, July 19; Zoning and Land Use Committee, 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 20 (tentative); and Pedestrian Safety and Traffic Calming Committee, 5 p.m. Wednesday, July 21. For information and links to the Zoom meetings, visit summithillassociation.org/Calendar.

Union Park

unionparkdc.org • 651-645-6887

Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam—The Union Park District Council will celebrate neighborliness with the return of its Ice Cream, Peanut Butter & Jam from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, September 18, at the Merriam Park Recreation Center. The event will include music, ice cream and activities for the kids. Jars of peanut butter will also be collected for the food shelf.

Episcopal Homes yarn theft—Two months ago, UPDC residents installed a yarn art project outside of Episcopal Homes on University and Fairview avenues. The art project mysteriously disappeared after only a few days. Episcopal Homes residents were so inspired they got to work and installed their own display.

National Night Out—A National Night Out planning meeting for organizations and residents will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 14. Join the Zoom discussion at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84730986978. This year’s National Night Out will be held on Tuesday, August 3.

Upcoming meetings—board of directors, 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 7; Transportation Committee, 6:30 p.m. Monday, July 12; and Environment and Parks Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 21. To access the Zoom meetings, email wako@unionparkdc.org or jonah@unionparkdc.org or click on the links at unionparkdc.org/calendar.

Stay in touch—The public is invited to “like” the Union Park District Council on Facebook, follow it on Twitter at @UnionParkDC, and subscribe to its e-newsletter, “Neighborhood Matters,” by emailing jonah@unionparkdc.org.

West Seventh

fortroadfederation.org • 651-298-5599

Homeless services—The West Seventh/Fort Road Federation is inviting people to join their neighbors for a facilitated discussion about zoning for standalone homeless services in different zoning codes throughout Saint Paul. The discussion will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 14, at the Palace Community Center, 781 Palace Ave. By the end of the evening, a consensus is expected to be reached on a recommendation to the City Council. RSVP at FortRoadFederation.org.

Upcoming Zoom meetings—Transportation and Land Use Committee, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 7; Joint Riverview Task Force 6:15 p.m. Thursday, July 8; board of directors, 7 p.m. Monday, July 12; and Community Engagement Committee, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 15. For details and log-in information, go to fortroadfederation.org/calendar.

Stay in touch—People are invited to “like” the West Seventh/Fort Road Federation on Facebook and subscribe to its e-newsletter on its website.

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