In late August, Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Project for Pride in Living (PPL) Executive Director Paul Williams and community leaders broke ground on Hamline Station, a new housing development located on the Green Line in Saint Paul. The project, adjacent to the Hamline Station light rail stop, will feature 108 affordable apartments including 14 units of supportive housing, designed for people who have experienced long term homelessness. Although not the first development on the corridor, Hamline Station is a model for the future affordable housing, green public spaces and retail shopping.
The development is part of a national trend towards Transit Oriented Development (TOD) which creates mid-to-dense housing, retail and office spaces with significant access to transportation amenities by bike, foot or transit. Along the Green Line corridor, individuals, families and businesses are experiencing more pathways to good jobs, small business opportunities, education, cultural institutions, public art, parks and open space, pedestrian access and more - all the things that build a thriving community.
Across the Metro, initiatives like the Big Picture Project are committed to the goal of attracting long term affordable housing options for residents on the Green Line and the surrounding neighborhoods. Creating opportunities along the corridor is the key to creating and sustaining healthy communities. Great transit connects people with what they need – a fantastic equalizer for all residents.