BZA grants variance for two homes on Randolph Ave. lot

The Saint Paul Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approved a lot width variance on May 2 that will allow the property at 1303 Randolph Ave. to be split and a second house built.The lot at 1303 Randolph Ave. is 80…

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Saint Paul considers easing petition process for some developments

Making it easier for predominantly small-scale housing and commercial projects to move forward without the need for a consent petition from nearby property owners will be addressed in a public hearing before the Saint Paul Planning Commission at 8:30 a.m.…

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Committee weighs in on Grand reconstruction

Public comments are being sought on a plan to add new pavement, sidewalks, streetlights and underground utilities on Grand Avenue between Snelling and Fairview avenues. The estimated $7 million project is scheduled to start in 2024. The stretch of Grand…

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Council upholds appeal, allows 3-car garage on Summit Avenue

Thomas Schroeder, 1446 Summit Ave., can add a larger detached garage to his historic property following a Saint Paul City Council vote on December 22 to overturn a Board of Zoning Appeals decision to deny the variance request. The BZA…

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Lexington-James apartment project gets new look

A rendering of the five-story, 114-unit apartment building now being proposed for the southeast corner of Lexington Parkway and James Avenue. Six houses on James would be removed to make way for the new building, which would have 82 parking…

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Lincoln Ave. triplex conversions meet mixed fate

The Saint Paul Planning Commission voted 10-3 on October 29 to reject a request to change the underlying zoning in order to use a Macalester-Groveland duplex at 1329-1331 Lincoln Ave. as a triplex, which means a longtime basement apartment cannot…

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Saint Paul holds off restarting in-person council meetings

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and delta variant have prompted the Saint Paul City Council, Planning Commission and most other city boards, commissions and committees to continue to meet virtually through the end of November. The City Council had hoped to…

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Design of new $100M building at Saint Thomas gains STEAM

Concept drawings of the proposed 130,000-square-foot STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) building at the University of Saint Thomas. The drawing above shows how the building could look from Summit Avenue. It would be linked to the school’s existing…

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Commission supports rezoning old power station lot on Saint Clair

The vacant lot at the northeast corner of Saint Clair Avenue and Griggs Street. Photo by Google The Saint Paul Planning Commission on April 2 recommended approval of rezoning a property at 1219 Saint Clair Ave. from local business to…

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UST parking lot could remain at Grand-Cleveland for another 15 years

Along-debated University of Saint Thomas parking lot at the northwest corner of Grand and Cleveland avenues would be able to remain in place for up to 15 years if the Saint Paul Planning Commission grants its approval on April 2.…

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Reaction split over mixed-use project at Saint Clair-Cleveland

Plans to replace a dry-cleaning shop with a five-story, mixed-use building at the northwest corner of Saint Clair and Cleveland avenues received a split vote of support from the Macalester-Groveland Community Council’s Housing and Land Use Committee on February 24.…

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Plan to keep Saint Thomas lot at Grand-Cleveland gains support

A University of Saint Thomas-owned parking lot on the northwest corner of Grand and Cleveland avenues could be redesigned with electric vehicle charging stations, more space for bicycles and additional landscaping. The West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee (WSNAC) on February…

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