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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Letters to the Editor, January 12, 2022

Taking exception to rent controlThe numerous articles documenting what is wrong with the new rent control ordinance in Saint Paul confirms why I voted “no.” The slogan “Keep Saint Paul Home” on postcards and signs sure sounded good, and I’m…

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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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Council sweetens city budget with new spending

Property tax levy increase is trimmed to 6.17%. Following a host of last-minute additions and subtractions, the Saint Paul City Council has adopted a city budget for 2022 that includes more money for affordable housing, police training, the replacement of…

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City launches effort to amend, implement rent control ordinance

With Saint Paul’s rent control ordinance scheduled to take effect on May 1, three teams of city staff members are busy figuring out how to implement the ordinance approved by voters in a citywide referendum on November 2. “Saint Paul…

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Letters to the editor, December 22, 2021

Revising rent control Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter and a few members of the City Council were all for the rent control ballot initiative. The people opposed to the initiative predicted this would make Saint Paul unfriendly to new developments,…

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Developers back away from projects in wake of rent control referendum

Meanwhile housing justice advocates keep watch for rent hikes as city enforcement lags. In the wake of the new rent control ordinance adopted by Saint Paul voters in a citywide referendum on November 2, there appear to be more questions…

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Saint Paul voters approve 3% cap on rent increases

But city is still trying to figure out just when and how new law will take effect. Saint Paul voters approved by a 53 to 47 percent margin on November 2 what may be the most stringent rent control ordinance…

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Saint Paul votes for the status quo

Carter is reelected mayor, Ward and Henderson join Vue and Foster on School Board. Melvin Carter III topped a field of eight candidates to win his second term as mayor of Saint Paul on November 2. The former City Council…

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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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Letters to the Editor, Election Edition: Our readers’ endorsements

Re-elect Vue and Foster to boardAs a parent of three boys in the Saint Paul Public Schools and a committed public education advocate, I was happy to see MyVillager highlight the eight candidates running for School Board in the September…

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