Support builds for easing development process in St. Paul

Eliminating the required consent of local property owners for certain land use changes in Saint Paul has little opposition if a May 13 public hearing before the Saint Paul Planning Commission is any indication. The proposal has been touted as…

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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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Master plan in works to redesign Summit Avenue

One focus during the master planning process for Summit Avenue is to develop a more detailed plan for the segment between Lexington Parkway (shown above) and Victoria Street. A master plan for Summit Avenue will be unveiled by the city…

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Commission OKs plans for 5-story apartment at Lexington-James

Construction of a five-story apartment building at the southeast corner of Lexington Parkway and James Avenue can proceed. On January 21, the Saint Paul Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit, variances and site plan for the building. The commission’s…

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City Council adopts new zoning rules for faith-based institutions

New zoning regulations for faith-based institutions were approved on January 19 by the Saint Paul City Council, just days before a federal court deadline of February 1. The regulations provide clarity on how religious institutions can accommodate everything from day…

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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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Macalester to turn Lincoln Ave. home into offices

Macalester College was given the green light on January 21 to turn a single-family home at 1657 Lincoln Ave. into offices for its Sustainability Department and High Winds Fund. The Saint Paul Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit that…

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Commodore gets to open west dining room

The long fight to be able to use the Commodore Bar & Restaurant’s west dining room has cleared another hurdle. The Saint Paul Planning Commission unanimously approved a nonconforming use permit on January 7 to allow the restaurant at 79…

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Mendota Plaza housing development is tabled

The Mendota Heights City Council has delayed until February 2 its consideration of a proposed 89-unit apartment complex on a vacant parcel in Mendota Plaza at the southeast corner of Dodd Road and Highway 62. The postponement is intended to…

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Saint Paul looks to squeeze more homes into single-family zones

A package of zoning changes meant to promote more one- to four-unit infill housing will go before the Saint Paul City Council for a public hearing at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 12, at City Hall. The changes, which won Planning Commission…

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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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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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