City eases rules for adding new dwellings in single-family zones

Zoning changes that are intended to reduce the housing shortage in Saint Paul and make it easier to construct accessory dwellings and small houses on narrow lots were approved on January 19 by the City Council. The unanimous vote opens…

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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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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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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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