Thousands of ash trees still await removal in city’s borer battle

The scourge of the emerald ash borer continues to make itself felt throughout Saint Paul. The city has already removed 700 trees on public property this year, and crews are now cutting down another 2,100 trees marked with bright green…

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Students evicted from illegal rental

A Merriam Park landlord will not be allowed to use a Cleveland Avenue home as student rental housing. The Saint Paul Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) voted 8-6 on February 7 to deny Jim Eischen’s request for a zoning variance…

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City considers ways to allow more homes on single-family lots

A new strategy to address Saint Paul’s housing shortage by making it easier for property owners to add one- to four-unit dwellings in single-family neighborhoods attracted more than 50 people to a virtual meeting on February 1. Hosted by the…

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Mendota Council OKs scaled-back plan for new Plaza apartments

At Home Apartments’ plan for a new 79-unit apartment building on the south side of Mendota Plaza was approved on February 2 by the Mendota Heights City Council. Following an hours-long discussion and the testimony of a dozen residents opposed…

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Affordable senior housing project in Highland awarded tax credits

Plans for a 36-unit apartment building for low-income seniors took a big step forward on January 26 with the approval of $831,754 in Low-Income Housing Tax Credits. The Saint Paul City Council, acting as the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA)…

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UST can serve liquor at more spots on campus, with conditions

The University of Saint Thomas will be able to serve alcohol at several additional locations on its Saint Paul campus with the City Council’s approval of an amended liquor license on January 26. The new locations include the north athletic…

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Saint Paul drops 3.2 beer limit in designated city parks

The Saint Paul City Council voted unanimously on January 26 to remove longstanding regulations that allowed only 3.2 beer to be consumed in designated city parks. The change, which was discussed during a public hearing on January 19 and drew…

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Commission OKs plans for 5-story apartment at Lexington-James

Construction of a five-story apartment building at the southeast corner of Lexington Parkway and James Avenue can proceed. On January 21, the Saint Paul Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit, variances and site plan for the building. The commission’s…

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City Council adopts new zoning rules for faith-based institutions

New zoning regulations for faith-based institutions were approved on January 19 by the Saint Paul City Council, just days before a federal court deadline of February 1. The regulations provide clarity on how religious institutions can accommodate everything from day…

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Letters to the Editor, January 26, 2022

The mania of some motorists Where oh where is Q? I want a James Bond car tricked out with 20-inch drill bits that at the touch of a button emerge from the rear of my car, boring holes straight through…

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Commodore gets to open west dining room

The long fight to be able to use the Commodore Bar & Restaurant’s west dining room has cleared another hurdle. The Saint Paul Planning Commission unanimously approved a nonconforming use permit on January 7 to allow the restaurant at 79…

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Mendota Plaza housing development is tabled

The Mendota Heights City Council has delayed until February 2 its consideration of a proposed 89-unit apartment complex on a vacant parcel in Mendota Plaza at the southeast corner of Dodd Road and Highway 62. The postponement is intended to…

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