Outdoor classroom space at Groveland Park Elementary School, renovation of a new home for Walker West Music Academy and improvements to several local small businesses are among 70 projects competing for the city of Saint Paul’s 2022 Neighborhood Sales Tax Revitalization (STAR) grants and loans. STAR board review begins this month on the applications, which were due by mid-May.

The 21-member board will make its recommendations to the mayor and City Council this summer. District councils will also review the applications. The Saint Paul Planning Commission will review applications for consistency with the city’s comprehensive and neighborhood plans. The mayor will then weigh in before a final vote by the City Council.

Groveland Park
Groveland Park's facade from the 1920s. The school is seeking STAR funding for a 100th anniversary project that would create an outdoor classroom.

Project requests total $6.2 million, including 2 million in loans and $4.2 million in grants. Matching funds required for the projects total $23 million.

However, most projects will not be funded. Last year, 24 projects shared an allocation of $1 million in grants and more than $629,000 in loans in a field of 74 applicants.

Here is a look at some of the local requests:

 

The Friends of Groveland PTO wants a $37,000 grant with a $45,000 match for a 100th anniversary project at Groveland Park Elementary School, 2045 Saint Clair Ave. The plans include improving storm water management and creating an outdoor classroom.

Walker West wants a $100,000 grant and $100,000 loan with a $5.92 million match for its move from 790 Selby Ave. to 650 Marshall Ave. The music academy also has a bonding request before the state Legislature to cover part of the cost.

 

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The Science Museum of Minnesota is seeking a $100,000 grant with a $100,000 match to update interior lighting to LED.

The Minnesota Museum of Art wants a $100,000 grant with a $1.27 million match for the restoration of part of the building’s arcade and renovation of gallery space.

The Victoria Arts Center, 825 University Ave., wants a $100,000 grant with a $100,803 match to build out lobby and multi-use spaces.

Keystone Community Services wants a $100,000 grant with a $100,000 match for stucco and a mural on the exterior of its new food shelf on University Avenue.

Vina Restaurant, 756 S. Cleveland Ave., wants a $100,000 grant and a $100,000 loan with a $284,566 match for interior improvements.

Billy’s on Grand, 857 Grand Ave., wants a $50,000 grant and a $50,000 loan with a $50,000 match to resurface walkways, make interior improvements and replace equipment.

Trapped Puzzle Rooms wants a $60,000 loan and $60,000 grant with a $120,000 match to build out space in an undisclosed West End location.

Plant Bar Cafe wants a $50,000 loan and $75,000 grant with a $75,000 match to renovate a commercial building at 781 Selby Ave.

Rouge Urban Salon, 1743 Selby Ave., wants a $14,028 grant and $26,056 loan with a $26,056 match to install solar panels.

Nothing But Hemp, 844 Grand Ave., wants a $25,000 grant with an equal match to make interior improvements and purchase equipment.

The Asian Economic Development Association wants a $100,000 grant with an equal match to continue its Little Mekong project on University Avenue.

The Twin Cities Housing Development Corporation wants a $200,000 grant with a $625,000 match to renovate commercial space in a mixed-use building on Selby Avenue and Milton Street into eight affordable housing units and a community room.

ANEW Chemical Health Services wants a $43,350 grant with an equal match to renovate Mary Kay’s Manor, a sober house at 773 Armstrong Ave.

Women’s Advocates, 588 Grand Ave., wants an $11,243 grant with an equal match to make exterior building repairs.

— Jane McClure

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