Holly Avenue
Developers Kal and Faezah Effendi plan to rehabilitate the existing home at 549 Holly Ave., construct a second home just to the east and add a housing unit above a new six-stall garage along the alley.

The Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) on August 29 approved the plans for a three-dwelling cluster development at 549 Holly Ave. The decision followed the approval of three variances by the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals.

Veteran Ramsey Hill developers Kal and Faezah Effendi plan to rehabilitate the existing home, which was built in 1916 and needs extensive work. They also plan to construct a second, smaller home just to the east of that structure, and add a housing unit above a new six-stall garage along the alley. HPC design approval was required because the property is in the Historic Hill District.

The project won a recommendation of support during the summer from the Summit-University Planning Council. A handful of neighbors opposed the project, contending it is too much for the lot. 

The variances approved by the BZA in July were for lot width (the property is 80 feet wide and 120 feet are required for three single-family dwellings), lot size (the lot is 12,046 square feet and 15,000 square feet are required) and rear-yard setback for the garage and upper dwelling unit (5 feet were sought and 25 were required).

The HPC hearing drew no opposition. Commission members mainly focused their questions on design and exterior materials, with much of the attention on the garage and upper dwelling. Fourteen design-related conditions were tied to the HPC’s approval, which is final unless it is appealed to the City Council.

— Jane McClure

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