Laundromat denied University Ave. location

Variances for a proposed “luxury” laundromat at 1647 University Ave. were rejected on January 24 by the Saint Paul Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) because of the property’s zoning, which calls for developments that are more compatible with mass transit…

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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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Reconstruction will transform look of Prior Ave. north of I-94

A quarter-mile of Prior Avenue just north of I-94 will be reconstructed in 2022. The section between Gilbert and University avenues will be largely closed to traffic from June to November as the Saint Paul Department of Public Works gives…

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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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City renews effort to assist businesses damaged in 2020 riots

Funds are extended to businesses affected by the fallout of pandemic. Nineteen months after civil unrest and the COVID-19 pandemic laid waste to a portion of the commercial landscape in Saint Paul—and one year after the city approved $1 million…

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Vacant Merriam Park dental building gets 90-day reprieve

The owners of a building at 1630 University Ave. received a 90-day reprieve from added city fees from the Saint Paul City Council on October 27. Still, city officials are urging Ridgecrest Saint Paul LLC to find a new occupant…

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Art Collective remakes fall Crawl as series of weekend events

In 1991 the Saint Paul Art Collective introduced the Art Crawl to connect its artists to the public. The event was intended to be more intimate than the art fairs that had been held in the Twin Cities for decades.…

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City Council sets aside $209M in TIF for Midway Center redevelopment

Redevelopment of the old Midway Center property took two steps forward on August 25 with the Saint Paul City Council’s approval of an expanded tax increment financing (TIF) district and its order that the shopping center’s fire-damaged east wing be…

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Evicted businesses sue Midway Center landlord

More than a year after Midway Center was damaged in the rioting following the murder of George Floyd, four former tenants are suing the property owners and the lease holder and are seeking an injunction to prevent the vacant building…

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Demolition of vacant Midway Center stores may be imminent

Efforts to demolish fire-damaged buildings at Midway Center continue. The Saint Paul City Council on May 26 accepted communication from the city’s Department of Safety and Inspections declaring the commercial building at the southwest corner of University Avenue and Pascal…

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Divided City Council denies Lexington Station appeal

A closely divided Saint Paul City Council voted on April 7 to deny an appeal by Alatus LLC and reject the developer’s site plan for a six-story 288-unit apartment building at 411-417 N. Lexington Pkwy. The 4-3 vote upheld an…

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