Developers back away from projects in wake of rent control referendum

Meanwhile housing justice advocates keep watch for rent hikes as city enforcement lags. In the wake of the new rent control ordinance adopted by Saint Paul voters in a citywide referendum on November 2, there appear to be more questions…

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Saint Paul voters approve 3% cap on rent increases

But city is still trying to figure out just when and how new law will take effect. Saint Paul voters approved by a 53 to 47 percent margin on November 2 what may be the most stringent rent control ordinance…

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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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Highland Bridge tour video

https://youtu.be/x9oMyVAREkI MyVillager took a tour of the Highland Bridge site earlier this week led by Maureen Michalski, vice president of development for Ryan Companies. Work is progressing on some of the housing developments, with many of the streets, sidewalks, streetlights…

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Plans are in the works for three new buildings at Ford and Cretin

Ground could be broken next year on the first of three six-story buildings proposed for the so-called business block at the southwest corner of Ford Parkway and Cretin Avenue. Each of the buildings would have commercial space on the first…

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Council OKs revision of lot coverage requirements at Highland Bridge

The Saint Paul City Council on October 13 voted 6-0-1 to amend the open space and lot coverage requirements for new buildings in the 122-acre Highland Bridge development. “When the master plan for redeveloping the Ford site was drafted, there was…

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Signs approved for new medical office building in Highland Village

With the approval on October 4 of four sign variances, a new medical office building is one step closer to a December groundbreaking at 2270 Ford Pkwy. The two-story, 60,000-square-foot building is 73 percent pre-leased with M Health Fairview as…

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Variances granted for parks, six-story building at Highland Bridge

Highland Bridge master developer Ryan Companies and the Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation are seeking variances to the Highland Village special sign district for three of the four new city parks on the site of the former Ford…

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Property values are increasing in all but the commercial sector in Ramsey County

By and large, “the real estate market has withstood the pandemic,” according to Ramsey County auditor Luis Rosario. Preliminary assessed property valuations reached their highest level ever in 2021—at $62.2 billion, according to county officials. Saint Paul’s share of that…

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Commission recommends changes to Ford site open space provisions

A decision on how open space on private property at the Highland Bridge development is regulated is now in the hands of the City Council. The Saint Paul Planning Commission on August 20 voted 12-3 to recommend changes to the…

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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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No relief in sight for summer road work in Highland

Detours are popping up north and south of Ford site project. Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians have been frustrated this spring and summer with the profusion of construction-related detours in the Highland Park neighborhood. In addition to an unusually large number…

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