Lexington Station loses financing

Major partner pulls out because of rent control and inflation concerns. Construction of the six-story Lexington Station apartment building at 411-417 N. Lexington Pkwy. has been put on hold. Minneapolis-based developer Alatus had hoped to begin construction early next year.…

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Council sweetens city budget with new spending

Property tax levy increase is trimmed to 6.17%. Following a host of last-minute additions and subtractions, the Saint Paul City Council has adopted a city budget for 2022 that includes more money for affordable housing, police training, the replacement of…

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Saint Paul must expand its tax base to make housing more affordable

Saint Paul has allowed its property tax base to gradually erode over the years. The tax base is and always has been what pays for public safety, schools, libraries, parks and recreation, streets and now affordable housing in the city.…

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Rezoning sought for proposed five-story building on Selby Ave.

A longtime Selby Avenue commercial building and two adjacent houses would be torn down to make way for a five-story apartment building if a requested zoning change is approved by the Saint Paul City Council. The Saint Paul Planning Commission’s Zoning…

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St. Paul debates merits of rent control measure on ballot

Saint Paul voters will be asked on November 2 whether the city should limit private landlords to annual rent increases of no more than 3 percent. Proponents say the measure is needed to keep housing affordable and protect tenants from…

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St. Paul looks for ways to squeeze more homes into single-family zones

Proposal aims to ease shortages of housing and affordable housing. A new city planning department study recommends that Saint Paul expand its stock of one-unit to four-unit dwellings by making it easier to divide single-family properties and to construct smaller…

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Progress on Marshall Avenue Flats hits a wall

Historic preservation issues must be resolved before a proposed six-story apartment building can move forward on the southeast corner of Marshall Avenue and Fry Street. Developer PAK Properties will take its 98-unit Marshall Avenue Flats project to the Saint Paul…

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Mayor proposes double-digit spending increase in ’22

Carter’s budget includes tax levy increase of 6.9% to help pay for initiatives. Restoring critical services interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, meeting housing needs, creating an Office of Neighborhood Safety and allocating federal American Rescue Plan funds are four highlights…

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BZA paves the way for three more Highland Bridge projects

232 affordable housing units are already in the works. Variances for three projects at the northwest corner of the Highland Bridge development were approved by the Saint Paul Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) on August 9 despite ongoing concerns about…

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BZA questions concentration of affordable housing at Highland Bridge

Questions about the equitable distribution of affordable and supportive housing prompted the Saint Paul Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) on July 26 to postpone action on three projects at the Highland Bridge development in Highland Park. Tabled were variance requests…

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Letters to the Editor for July 7, 2021

The 3 percent solution The new 3 percent maximum rent increase imposed on landlords by the city of Saint Paul (Villager, June 23) means only one thing: continuous 3 percent increases every year, guaranteed, whether justified or not. And those…

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HRA approves TIF districts for affordable housing at Highland Bridge

The Saint Paul City Council, acting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Board, approved the establishment of two tax increment financing (TIF) districts on June 23 at Highland Bridge, the 122-acre site of the former Ford Motor Company plant…

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