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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Class is in Session for Summer EMS Academy

Summer vacation may have started for most area youth, but for students enrolled in the Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Academy, summer means all-day classes, homework, and rigorous training exercises.  The 8th EMS Academy started on June 18, with 34 area youth ready to begin careers in emergency medicine.  Over the next 10 weeks EMS Academy students will be in class three days a week, be expected to complete an additional 30+ hours of homework each week, pass emergency medical training exercises, log more than 400 hours of clinical ride-alongs to observe practicing emergency medical technicians, spend three class periods training at the Saint Paul Fire Training Tower, and at the end of the summer take the National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician exam.

The EMS Academy creates training opportunities for all individuals, advances the emergency medical services profession, and includes youth of diverse ethnicities, cultures, and language abilities.  Since 2009, more than 100 students have graduated from the Saint Paul EMS Academy. Numerous graduates are currently working at Regions and United Hospital or working with ambulance companies such as Allina, HealthEast, or the EMS Academy’s Basic Life Transport Service. 

Please join us in wishing good luck to the Summer EMS Academy class, and mark your calendars for EMS Academy graduation on August 27.

For more information about the EMS Academy please visit, www.EHS.net/EMSAcademy  or www.facebook.com/EMSAcademy.    


Video Roundup: Summer Fun in Saint Paul


Now that summer is finally here it is time to get out and enjoy all of the great summer things to do in our great city. The city’s OTC department has compiled several videos to help families choose what they want to do this summer:
There are four great swim facilities in Saint Paul, including the recently renovated Como Pool.  We take you on a tour of all four of them. 




Speaking of swimming, if you’d rather cool off than dive in, the new Conway Splash Pad is just the place to do so.  The new splash pad and play area at Conway Recreation Center are specifically designed for children ages 2-5 and 5-12.





Saint Paul's annual summer Music in the Parks series is in full swing with performances scheduled at locations across the city. The Music in the Park series features music from a variety of genres including orchestra, blues/jazz, 50s doo-wop and popular music. The 2013 season boasts more than 130 free concerts taking place now through September 1.  For more info on when and where, click here.


The Saint Paul Park and Recreation Centers, Libraries and schools are offering many different and fun programs and events for all ages throughout the summer.




Don’t forget the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory!  New this summer is the Gorilla Forest exhibit. 





The City of Saint Paul and Saint Paul Public Schools have created six simple steps to keep children active and learning all summer long. It's called the Summer Countdown...






The Saint Paul Parks and Recreation has partnered with the Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services to provide free summer meals at the parks and recreation centers for youth 18 years of age and under, and people over 19 who participate in a public or non-profit private school program for persons with disabilities.  All sites serve meals Monday through Friday unless otherwise noted.





Friday, June 28, 2013

Our new and improved hazardous weather sirens


Submitted by Mike Lovas, St. Paul Emergency Management

Summertime brings a lot of excitement and outdoor activities, especially in a city like ours that has beautiful outdoor space to enjoy.  Summer also brings the risk of severe weather in the form of strong thunderstorms and tornadoes.  That is why last year the city replaced our 50-year-old outdated siren system with 37 brand new outdoor sirens.  These outdoor warning sirens will be activated when the National Weather Service issues severe weather warnings for dangerous storms that are producing life-threatening conditions, to allow people outside as much time as possible to safely get inside.  When you hear these sirens it means, “Get inside to get information.” 
 
 



The old system was an “all or nothing system,” only able to sound citywide when activated.  The new system can be selected to either sound in specific areas or across the entire city, depending on the threat.  This leads to more accurate outdoor area warnings.  To make sure they are always in working order, the sirens are activated for a regularly scheduled test the first Wednesday of every month at 1:00 p.m.

These sirens are not designed to be a warning siren for people already inside and may not be heard by people already indoors.  The best way to be warned of dangerous weather while indoors is to have a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) weather radio.  They are available for purchase for about $30 at a number of stores and are easy to program for your area.  NOAA weather radios are just as important as your smoke detector.  Your smoke detector alerts you to a fire in your house.  A NOAA weather radio alerts you to dangerous weather conditions outside your house.  Both are capable of sounding an audible alarm anytime, including while you sleep, to alert you of a threat. 
 
Preparing for a storm

It is always good to prepare in the event severe weather strikes your area.  The City of Saint Paul’s Emergency Management Department is working hard to monitor, prepare and respond to weather warnings.  You can prepare your home as well by identifying where in your house you’d seek shelter in a strong internal area away from windows away from heavy objects, including identifying where kitchen appliances or other heavy overhead objects may sit.  You can build a storm kit which may include one gallon of water per person per day, non-perishable food, battery powered radio and flashlight, a signaling device such as a whistle, closed-toe shoes, First Aid kit, wrenches or pliers to shut off utilities, diapers or formula if you have an infant, extra clothing, cell phone with charger or a battery backup charger, any regularly taken medication, or other items you or your family may want or need.  For more ideas, visit www.Ready.gov.

For more information, check out http://www.nws.noaa.gov/com/weatherreadynation/  or www.Ready.gov

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Every Drop Counts – How You Can Keep Water Flowing to Minnesota Families


Water, water everywhere, nor any drop to drink.
                                                        The Rime of the Ancient Mariner

In the land of 10,000 lakes, drinking water seems like a given.

However, water can’t be consumed straight from the river or lake without being treated to make it fit to drink. Saint Paul Regional Water Services treats and delivers water to more than 415,000 people in Saint Paul and surrounding suburbs.

Some of those 415,000 people occasionally have trouble paying their water bills.

When someone is unable afford their water service, their families run the risk of going without running water.

We tend to take our water for granted. It flows from our faucets when we go to the sink. The shower gets warm when we turn it on. The washing machine fills when we wash our clothes. Our toilets flush without a second thought.

But for those who have trouble paying for those services, going without tap water to drink, wash dishes and laundry, take a shower, or even flush toilets, can become an unthinkable reality.

Here’s the good news: you can help.

You can make a donation to WaterWorks, a voluntary contribution program initiated by SPRWS and administered jointly with the Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties. WaterWorks helps those in need to pay their water bills.

With your help, together we can keep drinking water flowing to the homes of all of our neighbors.

For more information, read about WaterWorks.

Monday, June 24, 2013

New pedestrian signs aim to make Saint Paul a friendlier city for foot travel


Dynamic Speed Display Signs in St. Paul
How to get motorists to slow down is a question that is always on the minds of the traffic engineers who work in the city’s Public Works Department.  One proven way to increase speed limit compliance is through the use of dynamic speed display signs.

You’ve probably seen these signs while driving around the metro area.  They’re usually attached to the street’s speed limit sign and their purpose is to send a constant readout of the speed of the car that is approaching the sign.

Studies from around the country have shown that drivers in the presence of these signs are much more likely to conform their speed to the  posted limited. These studies have also shown that these signs raise overall driver awareness of objects in their field of view.

To learn more about Saint Paul’s use of these signs on a permanent basis at critical intersections, visit www.stpaul.gov/speedsigns.
 

Temporary Pedestrian Centerline Signs
Public Works Traffic Engineering staff continues to work to make pedestrian crossings in Saint Paul safer for residents.  We have expanded the seasonal temporary pedestrian centerline sign program to include 40 signs throughout the city this year.

Signs are distinguished by their fluorescent yellow color and accompanied by the words “State Law, Stop for Pedestrians within the Crosswalk” at intersections where there are high volumes of pedestrians crossing the street.

Due to high demand and fact that signs fade into background for drivers over time, we’ll be rotating the placement of the signs every four weeks.  Residents who are interested in having a sign posted at an intersection that they feel could benefit from greater driver awareness of pedestrians may contact our Traffic Engineering section at www.stpaul.gov/pedsigns.

Our traffic engineers will evaluate the request and determine if the intersection location meets the criteria of being either an arterial or collector street, has less than or equal to three lanes and has a posted speed limit of 35 miles per hours or less.

If a request meets the base criteria, it will be ranked on effective value of placement.  It should also be noted that centerline signs will not be used at intersections with stop or signal control.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Dayton’s Bluff Neighbors Build a “Better Block” and Plan for Weekly Farmer’s Markets and Night Out


Submitted by Saint Paul City Council President Kathy Lantry, Ward 7


Dayton’s Bluff neighbors of all ages spent a busy week June 6-8 planning, constructing and ultimately hosting a Better Block Project on East 7th Street between Margaret and Arcade Streets. This interactive and fun event transformed the area into a “complete street” with walkable and bikeable amenities, works of art, play equipment and pop-up businesses.
 The project, jointly sponsored by the Dayton’s Bluff District 4 Community Council and the Saint Paul Departments of Public Works and Planning and Economic Development, was designed to illustrate multiple features that could become a part of the city’s new Street Design Manual.  The manual will illustrate best practices for city planners and street engineers as they create Saint Paul’s streets of the future.
On June 6 and 7, neighbors got to try their hand in creating works of art, constructing homemade bike racks and garden plots, and providing feedback on the location of traffic calming measures for East 7th Street. On June 8, volunteer crews installed parking and bicycle lanes on East 7th Street and created an ideal pedestrian plaza on Margaret Street, complete with play equipment, games, sculptures, food and local businesses.  From 3:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. visitors strolled the street, eating barbecue and ice cream, getting free massages, taking a turn at ultimate chess, playing the piano, learning about housing opportunities, or checking out some homegrown tilapia.  It was a blast.

 If you missed all the fun on June 8, don’t be too sad.  The folks at the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council plan to continue the party every Thursday night (except July 4) through August from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. with Market on the Bluff.  Join neighbors for local produce, artists, crafts, music, children’s activities and food on Margaret Street at East 7th. 
 Plans are also in the works for the Second Annual Night Out on East 7th Street Business and Community Fair scheduled for Saturday, August 17.  For more information on any of these events, contact the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council at 651-772-2075.

 
I hope to see you out in Dayton’s Bluff this summer!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

You're Invited! Conway Splash Pad Grand Opening


Do you have kids who are complaining about being bored after only one week of summer vacation?  Have no fear, the Saint Paul Department of Parks and Recreation has an event that is sure replace the whines of boredom with cheers of excitement. 
Join us this Thursday, June 20 from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. at the Conway Recreation Center as we celebrate the grand opening of the new Conway splash pad and play area.  The new splash pad, the second of its kind in the city, features interactive play features for children of all ages.  Not only is there a new splash pad to explore, there is also new play equipment designed specifically for children ages 2-5 and 5-12.  Parents, we didn’t forget about you either -- new benches and shade trees were added to the play area so you and your children can take a quick break. 

The grand opening event will also feature music, entertainment, snacks, a climbing wall and a bounce castle.  With all that is planned for the grand opening, your kids won’t have time to be bored.  So make plans to come out to Conway Recreation Center this Thursday from 5 p.m. -7p.m. Your children will be sure to thank you.

Directions to Conway Recreation Center can be found here.


Saint Paul Ford Site – A Legacy and Opportunity


Ford Motor Company has been an important part of the Twin Cities since 1912, when 100 workers began assembling Mode- Ts in an old warehouse in Minneapolis. In 1925, the Twin Cities Assembly Plant, located in the east bank of the Mississippi River in Saint Paul, opened. By 1937, the plant produced its one-millionth vehicle.
With the site currently under demolition, soon to become one of the most significant redevelopment opportunities in Saint Paul’s history, we’re taking a look at the assembly plant
through the years.
*All photos courtesy of the Ford Motor Company Archives


In 1969, an 85,000 square foot expansion with a new final assembly line and new façade opened.


*Ford Motor Company Archives



On its 65th anniversary in 1990, the Twin Cities plant produced the six-millionth Ford vehicle built in Minnesota. After 86 years of operation, the plant closed in December of 2011.


*Ford Motor Company Archives



Since then, Ford has been working on the decommissioning of the site and on June 10, 2013 began major demolition of the plant buildings. Demolition and site clean-up will take up to two years. After that, Ford will be marketing the site to master developers.



*Ford Motor Company Archives

 
The goal is for this area to become a model for sustainable and urban design which integrates jobs, housing, commerce and green space while managing to fit into the already established Highland Park neighborhood. For more information and monthly project updates visit www.stpaul.gov/ford.

*Ford Motor Company Archives

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Summer Meals: Essential for All Kids


Summertime is a great time to be a kid.  Time spent playing in the park and swimming at the local pool are all hallmarks of childhood, but for those children who depend on school meal programs for nutritious meals, summer can be a time of worry.
To help reduce that worry and to ensure that all children in Saint Paul have access to healthy, nutritious food during the summer months, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department has once again partnered with Saint Paul Public Schools Nutrition Services to provide Saint Paul youth with free summer meals at various recreation centers across the city.  Last year, the program served more than 80,000 meals and this year, thanks in part to a generous grant from Second Harvest Heartland, the program is poised to serve even more. 
The healthy and nutritious meals are served Monday through Friday and are available to all Saint Paul youth ages 18 and younger.  Preregistration is not required to participate in the program.  To receive a free meal, youth simply visit one of the more than 20 participating recreation centers or five participating libraries during the scheduled serving times.  A complete list of participating recreation centers and libraries, along with serving times, can be found here.
In addition to providing free meals, the Saint Paul Parks and Recreation Department also offers many programs and activities scheduled around the meal times, including: urban tennis, summer blast day-camps and much more.  For more information regarding summer Parks and Recreation programming please visit www.stpaul.gov/parks or contact 651-292-6508.
The summer meal program helps to eliminate some of the stress of summertime and allows Saint Paul’s youth to focus on the really important issues of summer, like which one of Saint Paul’s 170 parks to visit next.

Summer Meals Explained in 84 Seconds:

Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer at the Library—Don’t Miss Out!


Summer is a great time to visit your local library! Saint Paul has 13 library locations plus a Bookmobile, so we are right in your neighborhood.

 
The Bookawocky Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program for kids and teens kicked off June 1 and will run through August 30 with chances to win Red Balloon Book Store gift certificates, State Fair tickets, museum passes, and custom-designed Converse shoes (for the teens.) We are hosting more than 100 events and activities, including live animal visits, musicians, puppeteers, magicians, jugglers and much more. Join the fun and sign up to read and earn free books.
 
Maker Fair

Join us at the Maker Fair  on Saturday, June 15 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Sun Ray Library, 2105 Wilson Ave, 55119.

Meet local makers in a showcase of Minnesota creativity! Artists, crafters, technologists, and tinkerers will be sharing their creations at this all-ages gathering. Weather permitting, the fair will be outside. Expect hands-on activities, exciting demonstrations, and fun.

A bounce castle and climbing wall will be available for the kids, and Wok on Wheels and Café Racer food trucks will be onsite.

Click here  for a listing of participants. Co-sponsored by Saint Paul Parks and Recreation.

 
Jazz Fest

For several years Saint Paul Public Library has partnered with the Twin Cities Jazz Fest to offer additional free performances at the library in the weeks leading up to the grand festival in Mears Park.

This year we are proud to host the Sidewalk Café performing gypsy jazz at Central Library on Sunday, June 16 at 2 p.m.; the George Maurer Trio performing the legacy of American jazz at Merriam Park Library on Wednesday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m.; and Salsabrosa performing Afro-Cuban Latin Music and Dance at Riverview Library on Wednesday, June 26 at 6:30 p.m.

Click here for program descriptions and location information.

 
About the Saint Paul Public Library

For 131 years, the Saint Paul Public Library has enriched the quality of life in the community by anticipating and responding to the community’s need for information and offering free access to technology, books, movies, music, programs and classes for people of all ages.

Discover the many free classes, workshops, and events  we offer for all ages.

Like the library on Facebook and follow us on Twitter .


Friday, June 14, 2013

The sun is out and home improvements are beginning—make sure you’re doing it right.


The busy construction season is now upon us as warm months are finally here. For the safety of our residents, the Saint Paul Department of Safety and Inspections (DSI) would like to take the opportunity to remind people to make sure that the work they are performing on their property is done in a safe manner and up to code. The best way a homeowner can assure that the work performed will be safe now and in the long term is to pull a permit through DSI. Our experienced, professional inspectors will assure that your project meets the proper codes and is safe for you and your family.   

Many types of permits can be pulled online by going to DSI’s website here.
 
Any construction work being performed with a valuation exceeding $500 requires a permit in the City of St. Paul. There are a few exceptions to this, but generally speaking, electrical, mechanical, ventilation or building projects require a permit.  You can check to make sure a permit is pulled for work on your home, building, or any other property by visiting this site and clicking on “Look Up Property/Permit Application.”
 
It is important that homeowners and property owners understand that they have the right to:
 
1) Ask their contractor for a copy of the permit, which should be obtained prior to commencement of any work performed;
 
2) Ask for a copy of the SIGNED permit at the end of the project to ensure that all required inspections have been completed and the work has been approved and, most importantly;
 
3) DO NOT MAKE FINAL PAYMENT UNTIL ALL PERMITS HAVE BEEN FINALED.
 
DSI is a service for the community. Please use this service for the safety of your own property and the community in general.
 
Happy building!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Councilmember Brendmoen: Keeping Saint Paul Beautiful is Everyone’s Job


Submitted by Saint Paul City Councilmember Amy Brendmoen, Ward 5

I love spending time walking, running, biking and driving around the amazing neighborhoods of Saint Paul. It’s fun to take note of interesting homes, new investments, cool paths, busy neighbors.  And I have to confess that while doing so, I have a bit of an obsession.

It’s litter.  It drives me crazy. Everywhere I go, I make a point to pick up trash I see or make a call to the city staff to report bulky items that are more than I can handle.

As policymakers, we work to find solutions to these issues like expanding recycling, improving trash service, easy reporting to city, hosting seasonal neighborhood clean ups, and investigating ways to manage large items such as mattresses and furniture. And we will continue to do so.
Students of Great River School helped keep Saint Paul clean during #CleanUpSaintPaul

But cleaning up the city is a huge job, and Saint Paul belongs to all of us. So while you're out enjoying summer in Saint Paul, I ask you to join me (and the many others I see doing the same) in taking opportunities to make it more enjoyable for all. In pursuing your summer activities, I hope you’ll consider:

·         Taking an extra moment to pick up trash or stray recycling you see on the ground.

·         Organizing your family or neighbors to spend some time picking up a street or park.

·         Joining your neighborhood clean-up, such as the Payne Phalen Planning Council’s clean-up on the east side of my ward this Saturday.

·         Offering your neighbors some help if you notice a property has fallen to neglect, or calling the city (651-266-8989) if needed.

Everything, literally every bit of rubbish that we see in the streets, eventually will make its way into our storm water system and ultimately into our lakes and/or the Mississippi River. The importance of keeping litter in its place is very poignant considering that that the only true source of water to our beautiful Como Lake is a handful of storm water drain pipes. Our collective efforts can truly make a difference in the appearance of our community and the condition of our waterways.

Thanks for joining in me in keeping our city a beautiful and livable place!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Do The Summer Countdown!


Mayor Chris Coleman was at the Riverview Library this morning with Superintendent Valeria Silva and Saint Paul Public Libraries Director Kit Hadley to kick off summer learning in the City of Saint Paul. Kids at the library put together their summer book lists and previewed the free Summer Meals Program offered to local children this summer beginning Wednesday, June 12.


Mayor Coleman speaks to children who are planning their summer reading list

It was all part of the kickoff of local summer programming meant to prevent summer learning loss, a very real contributor to the growing achievement gap in Saint Paul schools.

Prevent summer learning loss through these simple steps and Do The Summer Countdown! to help keep your kids’ bodies and brains active all summer long – and retain more of what they learned in school.

Visit www.SprocketsSaintPaul.org  for more ideas on fun activities and programs that match your child’s age and interests.
 
Handy, print-at-home Do The Summer Countdown! reminders are available in EnglishSpanish, Hmong, Somali, or Karen. Help spread the word. Invite others to Do The Summer Countdown!
 
And check out this Summer Countdown Video:

 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Summertime = Grilling Time and Campfire Time. Here’s How to Do it Safely.


We’ve finally reached the time of the year when grilling outdoors becomes a very popular way to cook, and campfires are just as popular.  Outdoor BBQs and campfires are allowed in Saint Paul, but they both need to be done safely to be enjoyed.  Here are some important safety tips to follow:


·         Always be in attendance of the grill when you’re barbequing.  Maintain at a 3-foot kids zone away from the grille.  That goes for pets, too.

·         Always use approved charcoal lighter fluid to start the coals, or use an electric starter. NEVER USE GASOLINE.  Most people do not appreciate just how volatile gasoline really is!  Another alternative is to use the special “match light” charcoal that is pre-soaked with starter fluid.

·         Don’t add lighter fluid to the coals if they’re still hot.  It might flare up and burn your hands or face.  Wait until the coals are cool before trying to relight them.

·         What you do with the used coals is VERY IMPORTANT.  Most barbeque fires are caused by carelessly discarding used coals.  Even if you think they’re cool, put them in water or in a metal container.  Many garages have burned down because used coals that were still hot were put in a paper bag and into the trash can in or near the garage.  These fires can start up several days after you discard the coals!

·         In Saint Paul, it is NOT ILLEGAL to barbeque on the balcony of your apartment, but we strongly recommend against it.  Sometimes the wind can blow over the grille and spew hot ashes that can start a very bad fire and put a lot of people at risk and make them homeless.  Always barbeque a safe distance away from buildings or other combustibles!


·         According to the state fire code, campfires should not be more than 3 feet wide and 2 feet high.  The campfire must be at least 25 feet from buildings or combustibles, or 15 feet away if you’re using an approved container, such as an outdoor fireplace or metal drum.

·         Burn ONLY sawn wood from trees.  NEVER BURN TRASH in your campfire.

·         Always be in attendance of your campfire and have the means to put it out, such as a garden hose.

·         You should not have a campfire in the city if the winds are more than 10 mph.  If the smoke from your campfire is creating a nuisance to other people, put the fire out.

·         If you are being bothered by the smoke from some else’s campfire, CALL 9-1-1 and we’ll have a fire crew  drive over there to investigate and put the fire out if necessary.

If you have any questions about grilling and campfires, or any other fire or life safety questions, please contact the Saint Paul Fire Marshal at steve.zaccard@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-228-6201. 

Have a great – and fire safe – summer!

Friday, June 7, 2013

Northern Spark Meets Lowertown - Don't Miss It!

If you happen to see flames coming from the Union Depot lawn at 2 a.m. on Sunday, don’t worry—it’s just art.
Experience the arts in a whole new light at Northern Spark 2013 this Saturday, June 8 in Lowertown. Starting at 8:58 p.m. and not ending until the early hours of the morning, visitors have the chance to see, explore, and participate in almost 80 projects throughout the night – one of which is a planned burn of a life-size house replica. This is truly a one-of-a-kind, rarely experienced overnight arts festival that enhances and highlights Lowertown’s vibrant art community.
From dusk until dawn, unique art pieces, art performances, and opportunities to create your own art will happen throughout Lowertown. Northern Spark’s  website offers a feature that allows you to follow a tour they have already created, or custom-make your own.
Still not sure if it’s for you? Watch this compilation video of the festival last year in Minneapolis.





Check out this list of five artprojects you shouldn’t miss, and be sure to come down to the Union Depot around 8:30 p.m. as Mayor Chris Coleman kicks the night off.
For a complete schedule of activities as well as additional information about Northern Spark, visit their website. 

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Getting Ready to Go Bananas!


Zoo staff and visitors alike are getting excited for the Grand Opening of Gorilla Forest today!  In preparation, zoo staff tested out the new outdoor habitats; picking up any construction debris, cleaning windows, and testing out the mesh.  The walls and roof of Gorilla Forest are made of stainless steel mesh.  While not comfortable to climb on, zoo keepers expect the gorillas to use it on occasion to move around, so they made a point of testing it out before the gorillas got out there.  As you can see by the pictures, the staff had a good time "monkeying" around while making sure everything was safe for the apes. 

The Gorilla Forest opens at 9:45 a.m. this morning—join us for the ribbon cutting! Visit this page for more information. We hope you drop by the exhibit soon!




Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Development Action Along the Green Line in Ward 4


From day one, the light rail project on University Avenue, now known as the Green Line, has been about quality of life, better transportation access, and economic development.  Completion of the Green Line and anticipation of the train beginning service in about a year has spurred a great deal of development interest along the avenue.  As a group, these projects represent a potential for upwards of $200 million in new investments in Ward 4, and a significant addition of market-rate and affordable housing units for our community.  These projects will greatly add to the life, vitality, and livability of our community, and represent the first round of investments directly linked to the public investment in light rail.

Here is a sampling of the projects either underway or planned -- from west to east.

2700 University Avenue
Flaherty & Collins are planning a project on the southeast corner of University and Emerald with a combination of market-rate and affordable apartments. 


Chittenden and Eastman rendering
Local developer Jim Stoplestad acquired this building at 2402 University Avenue and converted it to market-rate apartments.  Located in the Raymond/University Historic District, about a block from the Raymond LRT stop, this project took advantage of Historic Tax Credits.



Prior Crossing

Prior Crossing
Beacon Interfaith Housing Collaborative is planning an apartment building for about 40 homeless teens at Prior and University. This project will fill a need in the community for stable housing for homeless teenagers.


Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity just broke ground on their new Twin Cities headquarters at Prior and University. The project will improve the visibility and accessibility of this great Twin Cities institution.  The project does not involve any direct financial support from the city.

Episcopal Homes
Episcopal Homes, whose campus at University and Fairview provides the full continuum of housing options and care for seniors, just broke ground on a new building that will include independent living for low-income seniors, a memory-care unit, assisted living, and a first-floor coffee shop. 


Hamline Station
Hamline Station
Minneapolis-based nonprofit housing developer and service provider Project for Pride and Living acquired this site on the north side of University between Hamline and Syndicate and is planning a mixed-used development of retail and affordable apartments.  The project will fill the entire block, and will include two buildings with a plaza space in between.