Macalester College was given the green light on January 21 to turn a single-family home at 1657 Lincoln Ave. into offices for its Sustainability Department and High Winds Fund. The Saint Paul Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit that extends Macalester’s campus boundary to include the house. The home has been owned by the college since the 1990s and has been used as a faculty residence.

According to Deanna Seppanen, director of the High Winds Fund, Macalester is seeking the additional office space in light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns. The college has no plans to substantially increase its enrollment over the next two decades, she said. Its goal is to have a total of 2,250 students, or about 200 more than it had in the fall of 2020.

Noting that Macalester owns other rental houses on that block of Lincoln Avenue, Seppanen said the home at 1657 Lincoln could be converted back to residential use in the future.

— Jane McClure



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