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Thursday, October 31, 2013

Planning for the future of West Side Flats

This year, the City of Saint Paul’s Department of Planning and Economic Development has been leading a community-based planning process to update the West Side Flats Master Plan and Development Guidelines, adopted in 2001. This plan provides the community’s vision for the future development of 40 acres bounded by Wabasha Street, Plato Boulevard, Robert Street and the Mississippi River. The updated plan is expanding the planning area to take in the 60+ acres east of Robert Street.

West Side Flats Area
This area provides an opportunity to revitalize a large and unique urban riverfront in Saint Paul. Since the initial plan’s adoption, a US Bank call center has been built, the Fillmore Street railroad crossing has been reopened, and construction started on West Side Flats Apartments that will be completed in 2014.

Drafted Illustrative Plan for West Side Flats
To update the plan, the Planning Commission created a community task force chaired by a Planning Commissioner to advise city staff and consultants during the planning process. A series of community meetings have been and will continue to be held to get input from the public. The first draft of the updated plan is now available and the next open house will be held on November 20 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at The Wellstone Center located at 179 East Robie Street in Saint Paul. 
West Side Flats Apartments, July 2013

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