Thompson Hall: Merriam Park social hall for deaf set for $2.9M upgrade this spring

Built in 1916, the Charles Thompson Memorial Hall at 1824 Marshall Ave. is the nation’s oldest social hall for the deaf, deaf/blind and hard of hearing. A $2.9 million plan to revitalize the Charles Thompson Memorial Hall at 1824 Marshall…

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Plan is pitched to replace Twin Cities’ stretch of I-94 with boulevard

Shops, transit, bike and walking paths would fill 7.5-mile freeway trench. Rethinking I-94, an effort by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to reimagine the 7.5 miles of interstate between the downtowns of Minneapolis and Saint Paul, is expected to…

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How would you spend $1 million to improve public safety in St. Paul?

Citizens respond with 86 suggestions.  Eighty-six citizens responded to Saint Paul Mayor Melvin Carter’s request for suggestions on how best to spend $1 million of the city’s Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) to improve public safety through environmental design. More than…

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‘Snarshall’ Starbucks to replace drive-through with patio

A controversial drive-through at the Starbucks on Marshall and Snelling avenues will be permanently removed and replaced with a patio. The plan is expected to end traffic problems that began when the coffee shop opened in early 2017 and quickly…

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Five-story expansion of Saint John Vianney set to begin

An artist's rendering of the five-story addition on the north side of Saint John Vianney College Seminary on the University of Saint Thomas' main campus, as viewed from Selby Avenue. The renovation and expansion of Saint John Vianney College Seminary…

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Merriam Park student rental denied

A Merriam Park landlord will not be allowed to use a Cleveland Avenue home as a registered student rental dwelling. The Saint Paul Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) voted 8-6 on February 7 to deny the request for 346 N.…

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Remodeling of historic Casket Company building in Lex-Ham moves ahead

The former Saint Paul Casket Company building, 1222 University Ave., could house 55 apartments if plans unveiled by developer JB Vang come to fruition. The Union Park District Council (UPDC) approved a letter of support for the project on February…

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Rezoning paves way for five-story apartment building on Selby

The developer of a proposed five-story apartment building at 1708-16 Selby Ave. can move forward with the Saint Paul City Council’s approval of a rezoning request on December 15.Jon Schwartzman wants to tear down a commercial building and two single-family…

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Rezoning sought for proposed five-story building on Selby Ave.

A longtime Selby Avenue commercial building and two adjacent houses would be torn down to make way for a five-story apartment building if a requested zoning change is approved by the Saint Paul City Council. The Saint Paul Planning Commission’s Zoning…

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HPC suggests steps to preserve history of Marshall-Fry site

After more than an hour of debate over plans for the Marshall Avenue Flats, the Saint Paul Heritage Preservation Commission (HPC) made several recommendations on October 4 that could mitigate the impact of the six-story apartment building on what was…

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Wrecking crew levels the last remnant of Midway Center

Midway Center is no more. A demolition permit for what remained of the 1950s-era shopping center was issued on September 16, and a wrecking crew swung into action on September 20, reducing the building to rubble later that week. Cleanup…

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