City scales back new zoning regulations for religious institutions

In the face of overwhelming opposition by faith-based institutions, the Saint Paul Planning Commission has revised a proposed package of zoning regulations that would have restricted a broad spectrum of programs and services by religious institutions.Many property uses that the…

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New rules open door to homeless day shelters across St. Paul

Months of debate came to an end on November 10 when the Saint Paul City Council unanimously adopted new zoning rules that allow daytime drop-in shelters for homeless people to open in neighborhoods throughout the city. The new rules were…

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New rules on auxiliary uses for religious institutions reviewed

Day care centers, preschools, adult education classes and a variety of nonprofit groups lease space from churches, synagogues and other faith-based institutions in Saint Paul. How those uses are regulated in the future is the focus of proposed rules that…

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City Council sets hearing on homeless zoning regulations

An increase in the number of homeless people in Saint Paul and a dearth of indoor places for them to go during the day is behind an effort to expand the number of day shelters in the city. A set…

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New ordinance would open door to homeless day shelters across city

New zoning regulations that would make it easier for day shelters for homeless people to open in neighborhoods across the city were recommended for approval on August 21 by the Saint Paul Planning Commission.City staff had recommended that the day…

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New policy would designate zones for homeless shelters across city

Day shelters that provide a place for people who are homeless to relax, shower, eat and access other services could be allowed in parts of Highland Park, Macalester-Groveland and other Saint Paul neighborhoods if a zoning policy change is approved…

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Freedom House’s homeless clients trouble West 7th businesses

Kathy Gosiger was preparing for a busy evening as general manager of Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub when a young man walked in with a backpack and a skateboard. Backpacks are not allowed in the pub. Gosiger told the man…

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City boosts services for homeless with new daytime, overnight shelters

Services for Saint Paul’s homeless population made great strides with the recent launch of a day shelter in Saint Paul’s West End neighborhood and plans for the March opening of an overnight shelter for homeless families in Highland Park. Still,…

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West Seventh fire station becomes day shelter for homeless

The Saint Paul City Council approved a lease on November 18 with the Listening House to operate a day shelter for homeless people out of the former Fire Station 51, 296 W. Seventh St. The lease is for $1 and…

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