Variances sought to turn Merriam Park church into home

Bill and Lisa Jansen are seeking rear-yard setback and lot coverage variances to turn a former church at 1671 Summit Ave. into a private home. The structure, built as a Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1952,…

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Local projects among 36 finalists competing for $1M in CIB funding

Groveland Park Elementary School’s PTO wants to improve crosswalk safety by adding a median at the busy intersection of Saint Clair Avenue and Kenneth Street. Time is running out for people to weigh in on how best to allocate $1…

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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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