Highland workforce housing
The proposed site of Presbyterian Homes' four-story workforce apartment building in Highland.

Presbyterian Homes & Services and its affiliate, Senior Housing Partners, presented preliminary plans to the Highland District Council (HDC) Community Development Committee on May 17 for a four-story workforce apartment building in the southern end of the neighborhood.

The 79-unit building would be located on Sue Street between Graham and Norfolk avenues in an area adjacent to several senior living facilities. One issue to be addressed is parking, as neighbors said the area is already affected by worker and church parking spillover.

The building would meet a housing need for Presbyterian Homes, which has more than 500 employees living in Saint Paul and will add to its workforce when its new senior housing complex opens in Highland Bridge. However, the new building would not be restricted to their employees.

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Chris Palkowitsch of BKV Group said the building will complement area structures with its design and exterior materials. The building will have a mix of efficiency, one- and two-bedroom units, and below-ground parking. The number of parking spaces has not been set, but could be around 40. The city no longer requires developments to provide off-street parking.

The development team is aware of Saint Paul’s rent control regulations, said Sam Jagodzinski, development manager for Senior Housing Partners. However, development team members indicated that the project is still feasible. 

The proposal would need approvals from the city, including rezoning and possible variances. More detailed plans are expected to  go back to the district council this summer.

— Jane McClure

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