Area district councils urge county to purchase old CP Rail spur

Calls for Ramsey County to purchase the 4.5-mile-long Canadian Pacific Railway spur through the Highland Park and West End neighborhoods of Saint Paul are growing louder. The West Seventh/Fort Road Federation on March 14 joined the Highland District Council and…

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Jie Ming Academy in line for $31M expansion this summer

The southwest aerial view of the addition planned for Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy. The popular Jie Ming Mandarin Immersion Academy, 1845 Sheridan Ave., will be remodeled and expanded beginning this summer and continuing through summer 2023. The Highland District…

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How would you spend $1 million to improve public safety in St. Paul?

Citizens respond with 86 suggestions.  Eighty-six citizens responded to Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s request for suggestions on how best to spend $1 million of the city’s Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) to improve public safety through environmental design. More than…

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St. Thomas exploring several area sites for new sports facilities

A new hockey arena, baseball and softball fields, a practice facility, public plaza and parking ramp are all included in the University of Saint Thomas’ preliminary plans for a portion of the Highland Bridge site in Highland Park. Representatives of…

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HDC urges Ramsey County to purchase 4.5-mile CP Rail spur

A tentative proposal by the University of Saint Thomas and master developer Ryan Companies to build a new hockey arena and two ballfields on the site of an abandoned Canadian Pacific Railway yard adjacent to the former Ford Plant has…

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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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While other projects proceed, new rental housing stalls at Ford site

Work continues at Highland Bridge on new rowhouses, a new medical office building, new senior housing and supportive housing and the nearly completed Weidner Apartments/Lunds & Byerlys mixed-use development. However, the construction of all other new apartment buildings has been…

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Families waiting for a home find comfort at Provincial House

Sisters of St. Joseph give big lift to Interfaith Action. For the past nine months, families facing homelessness have found shelter and sustenance at the Provincial House of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Carondelet (CSJ), 1880 Randolph Ave. Through…

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Neighbors split over bike lanes, sidewalks on Edgcumbe Road

Plans to redesign a half-mile stretch of Edgcumbe Road between Fairview and Saint Paul avenues in 2022 drew a mixed response from neighbors during a virtual meeting of the Highland District Council’s Transportation Committee on November 9.While some support a…

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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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