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Monday, August 25, 2014

City-wide Habitat for Humanity

The City of Saint Paul has concluded its annual volunteer partnership with Habitat for Humanity for the 2014 build season.  This year City staff donated their time to a new construction build on Manitoba Avenue just off of Rice Street.  A total of 87 City employees ranging from Mayor Chris Coleman, Department Directors, the City Building Official, the City Engineer and a great number of other hard working City staff donated their labor for one day to the project. All told, city staff filled a total of five volunteer days on the project.

“This build site was a great example of the good work that Habitat for Humanity does in our community and a great example of City employees giving back,” said Mayor Coleman, who also volunteered at the site. 


Director Ricardo Cervantes added, “This build site shows what the Department of Safety and Inspections can do to help with community livability.” 

For the first time anyone can remember, volunteers had to be turned away so the site wasn’t too crowded.

“It’s great to see so many City employees volunteer to help take a vacant lot and turn it into a new, quality home for a deserving family,” said Mayor Coleman.

Recipients of this program pay most undergo need-based screening, dedicate many hours of their time to the build, pay back Habitat back for the cost of the home and take classes on responsible homeownership.  To learn more, please visit Habitat for Humanity’s web site at 

Monday, August 11, 2014

Stay Informed, Watch All About Saint Paul

Are you interested in being kept up to date on the latest Saint Paul’s events, activities and general information coming out of City Hall?  If you are, then to tune in to the City’s  bi-weekly program, All About Saint Paul (AASP) on City Cable Channel 18. AASP showcases a variety of timely topics and events, general City information, and also takes a look at the City’s historical past. 

Here are just some of the features currently “airing” on AASP at this time:

Lowertown Ballpark Update Summer 2014 , which provides not only an update on the Lowertown Ballpark construction but also talks with the ballpark’s main summer tenant, the Saint Paul Saints. 

The most recent edition of Saint Paul Business Beat, a regular feature on AASP that highlights one the City’s Planning & Economic Development department’s selections as the Saint Paul business story, which this month showcases the Summit Brewing Company.

One of the benefits the recent Major League All-Star baseball game brought to Saint Paul was funding to rebuild El Rio Vista ballpark on the West Side.  There was an All Star Ballpark Celebration to commemorate the occasion.

All About Saint Paul. AASP can be seen every day at the top of each odd hour, except for when City Council and Ramsey Board meetings are shown.