Rezoning paves way for five-story apartment building on Selby

The developer of a proposed five-story apartment building at 1708-16 Selby Ave. can move forward with the Saint Paul City Council’s approval of a rezoning request on December 15.Jon Schwartzman wants to tear down a commercial building and two single-family…

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City launches effort to amend, implement rent control ordinance

With Saint Paul’s rent control ordinance scheduled to take effect on May 1, three teams of city staff members are busy figuring out how to implement the ordinance approved by voters in a citywide referendum on November 2. “Saint Paul…

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Council delays decision on Billy’s request for 2 a.m. closing

A decision on business licenses for the new owners of Billy’s on Grand, 857 Grand Ave., has been delayed. The Saint Paul City Council was poised to act on December 15 regarding a request to continue a 2 a.m. closing…

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River access to be provided through Waterford Bay at Island Station

Public access to the Mississippi River will be provided through part of Waterford Bay, 280 Randolph Ave., with the acceptance of deeds and authorization of an easement on December 15 by the Saint Paul City Council. Waterford Bay is a 242-unit…

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Council adopts five-year plan for streetwork

Stretches of Edgcumbe Road, Minnesota Street and Summit, Grand and Pleasant avenues are slated for improvements in the city of Saint Paul’s Five-Year Streets Plan for 2022-26. So are alleys in parts of Summit Hill and traffic control devices at…

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Commission supports rezoning for veterans housing on West End

The Saint Paul Planning Commission recommended rezoning a vacant lot at 83 Douglas St. from single-family to townhouse residential on December 17 to accommodate plans for a cluster-style housing development for veterans. City Council action is expected in early 2022.The…

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Hearing set on zoning changes to increase density of neighborhoods

Proposal would 'reverse the historic exclusivity' of single-family zones. Saint Paul residents have one more chance to comment on a package of zoning changes that will open the door to more housing in residential neighborhoods on properties that are zoned…

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City receives mixed messages on ’22 budget

The city of Saint Paul’s annual Truth-in-Taxation hearing revealed widespread unhappiness over property tax increases but many more calls for increased city spending. Three people testified before the City Council, but more than two dozen submitted testimony via email or…

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City OKs $360K settlement in suit over sick & safe time

A class-action lawsuit filed two years ago by Merriam Park high school student Benjamin Smith, who worked for the city of Saint Paul as a lifeguard, is one step closer to being resolved. The City Council approved a $360,000 settlement…

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Saint Paul to spend $3.5M on replacing radios

The Saint Paul City Council voted 4-3 on December 1 to spend $3.5 million in federal American Rescue Plan funds to replace aging radios for its police, fire and emergency management departments. The issue was contentious, with council members Amy…

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Saint Paul defers assessments for folks in hard times

Senior citizens, active military personnel and people with disabilities will now be able to get hardship deferrals from city assessments in Saint Paul. The City Council on November 17 approved deferrals for those applicants for the costs associated with street…

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