The Saint Paul City Council voted on July 27 to waive the petition requirement for an expansion of the commercial development district in Highland Village to include all of the property that is being developed on the site of the former Ford Motor Company assembly plant.

Establishing or expanding a commercial development district normally requires a consent petition with the signatures of neighboring property owners. However, if at least five City Council members agree, the petition requirement can be waived.

The commercial development district in Highland Village was created several years ago to allow the Chipotle restaurant at Highland Crossing to sell margaritas. The immediate result of the expansion would be a new bar with on-sale liquor service at the Lunds & Byerlys supermarket now under construction at Ford Parkway and Cretin Avenue. 

The proposed expansion of the Highland Village commercial development district will be reviewed in the weeks ahead by the Highland District Council and Saint Paul Planning Commission. Their recommendations will be forwarded to the City Council, which will have the final say on the matter.


— Jane McClure


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