Sep. 23—The concept is still preliminary, but there's more than glimmer of hope for a new mixed-use building with 100 affordable apartments, a business incubator space and health clinic at East Seventh and Arcade streets in St. Paul.
The Metropolitan Council on Wednesday approved 10 "Livable Communities" grants for early-stage real estate projects that connect housing, jobs and services, including projects planned along major transitways. The grants, totaling nearly $800,000, are issued to cities to support planning, analysis, design and engagement around future private development.
In St. Paul, $75,000 will support community engagement, a feasibility study and site plan scenarios for a possible mixed-use project in the large empty lot at 892 East Seventh St., which sits by the future Rush Line bus rapid transit corridor on Arcade Street. Early concept plans call for 100 affordable housing units, ground-level retail and business incubator space, a health clinic, early childhood daycare, adult daycare and a youth learning center.
A $76,000 grant will support building design and soil testing to determine potential land uses on a near-vacant 13.8-acre site at 1490 East Seventh St., with likely options including affordable housing and service-based "supportive" townhomes.
Another $57,000 will support concept design plans to rehab a historically-significant apartment building at 652-658 Sherburne Ave. near the Green Line's Dale Street station into affordable housing. Plans call for six units of various sizes, and nearby vacant land could be developed into a community garden and small park.
In South St. Paul, the "Hardman Triangle Repositioning Initiative" will receive $45,000 for soil testing to determine feasible land uses and support community engagement and site planning around possible multi-family housing and commercial space. The 22-acre site, which was once home to the Swift Company meatpacking property, sits off Grand Avenue and Concord Street.