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Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: November 28th, 2018, 11:02 am
by EOst

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: December 16th, 2018, 8:16 pm
by alexschief
The Strib has two articles up about Osborn370, otherwise known as the former Ecolab tower:

A year in, St. Paul's Osborn370 gains momentum as Twin Cities startup hub
Unlikely neighbors add to Osborn370's entrepreneurial energy

I have to say, I find downtown St. Paul really interesting. As has been discussed in this thread, there's this shift in focus towards smaller firms with flexible and new office space which feels fresh and exciting, while the older Class B and C spaces are being converted to housing, which is extremely necessary for the feel and vibrancy of the area. Not many cranes like in downtown Minneapolis, but a lot is happening under the surface.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 3rd, 2019, 11:13 am
by EOst
St. Paul HPC doing a preliminary review of plans for "a proposal to construct a multi-story, mixed-use building" at 2250-2264 University and 731 Hampden Avenue, which is the east side of the block SW of University/Hampden.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 3rd, 2019, 11:28 am
by seanrichardryan
Excellent! That's such a sad block.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 3rd, 2019, 3:57 pm
by seamonster
That block on University was the original location of Summit Brewing, FYI.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 3rd, 2019, 10:14 pm
by Qhaberl
Can’t wait to see this proposal! I walked by that area often when I go to State services for the Blind. I always think to myself that it’s such a shame to see so many empty, or under used, lots along university.

Slightly unrelated question: does anyone know what that strange smell is at the station area. It’s definitely from some sort of manufacturing. If we want to make that area more livable, maybe trying to do something about that strange oder would be a good start.


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Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 3rd, 2019, 10:28 pm
by seanrichardryan
The smell comes from Rock-Tenn. They recycle paper goods.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 4th, 2019, 8:36 am
by QuietBlue
Industrial areas sometimes smell. It's almost like people used to not live by them or something.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 4th, 2019, 10:31 am
by Qhaberl
I guess after you live there for awhile you would not notice it anymore.

Personally, I would not move somewhere new if the area around it had a strange smell. If they want to attract people though, that smell may act as a Deterrent.

Anyone know, According to the small area plans for the area, how many of the sites along the south side of university are identified as residential? I would imagine that a number of those sites have some serious pollution

It would be awsome to see this area take off. The segment north of university has already done so.


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Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 4th, 2019, 11:10 am
by QuietBlue
Don't get me wrong; I think they should attempt to mitigate the odor if it is reasonable for them to do so. I'm not advocating for them to just do whatever they want. But this is an existing industrial area, and has been for a long time, so people need to keep their expectations in check. Cities need industrial areas the same as they need commercial and residential.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 4th, 2019, 11:19 am
by Qhaberl
Totally understand what you are saying. I would imagine there would be some mitigation that they could. As long as the stuff people are breathing in is not toxic.


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Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 24th, 2019, 6:08 pm
by hanslu01
Does anyone know how I can look up the history of buildings or certain addresses in Saint Paul? For example: I'd like to know when my apartment building was built, so I can look up what the zoning code allowed at the time it was built.

Is this information publicly available? On the city website, county website, or somewhere else? At the History Center?

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 25th, 2019, 1:00 am
by seanrichardryan
Start Here: https://maps.co.ramsey.mn.us/Html5Viewe ... ig/Default

Then check out RCHS down at Landmark Center for permit cards etc. https://www.rchs.com/

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: January 26th, 2019, 12:33 am
by commissioner
mamundsen wrote:
May 19th, 2018, 7:15 pm
Realignment of Lexington and senior housing. We talked about this somewhere already. Will be interesting to see if this is the first of many along W 7th.

https://www.bizjournals.com/twincities/ ... -west.html [locked]
Was by there today and it looks like they are stating construction on this.

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: March 11th, 2019, 8:48 pm
by lorwest
R7 Lofts at 7th Street & Robert

https://i.imgur.com/CbVlfFg.jpg


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Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: March 11th, 2019, 8:49 pm
by lorwest
SpringHill Suites

https://i.imgur.com/DomTn4r.jpg


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Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: March 19th, 2019, 3:03 pm
by gcm
Grand Ave North Face -> Lund:

https://www.twincities.com/2019/03/18/l ... ce-stood/#

I prefer the top proposal:

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Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: March 30th, 2019, 8:22 pm
by mamundsen
Quoting myself... this project is underway. This feels like a big deal!

Article from January about the sale of the site and Lexington Landing name. With project details.
https://finance-commerce.com/2019/01/de ... hool-site/

Did the street alignment get finalized?
mamundsen wrote:
December 1st, 2017, 3:39 pm
Do we have info about this change for Lexington Pkwy and W 7th on the forums? I drive past this site all the time and I'd be interested to follow it. Are the buildings on either side of the realigned Lexington going through the process of approval?

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: April 25th, 2019, 8:54 am
by Multimodal
Lunds & Byerly’s moves ahead with Grand Ave. plans.

https://finance-commerce.com/2019/04/ju ... nue-plans/

Re: Saint Paul - General Topics

Posted: April 25th, 2019, 9:55 am
by bubzki2
Anyone heard rumors about Brasa getting new location in the area? That would be a real blow if they don't land nearby. They did have the world's most awkward surface lot, though, so at least that will go with their old location.