Luther Seminary is in negotiations to sell two apartment buildings on their property and will be coming to the Land Use Committee to talk about changes on campus. Read more about it in the Park Bugle article. All are invited to the St. Anthony Park Land Use Committee meeting to ask Luther Seminary representatives any questions you might have. The meeting is at 7PM, Thursday March 6 at 890 Cromwell Ave.
Ten more inches of snow, another snow emergency and school closure, a forecast of 10 more nights below zero. Time to save your sanity and start thinking about gardening. Space is available in the Saint Anthony Park Community Garden and applications for plots are now being accepted. Get an application at the bottom of our community garden page and send it in by March 10th. Then stop thinking about snow and cold and get out the seed catalogs.
Draft zoning ordinance for St. Anthony Park: Please comment by April 1
To help us weigh the option of more accessory units in our neighborhood, the Land Use Efficiency (LUE) group has summarized the draft of the zoning ordinance under consideration. You'll find that summary at the bottom of this ADU page. Your feedback is welcome. To offer suggested edits, ideas, or questions, email LUE@sapcc.org by April 1.
The City of Saint Paul Public Works Department released a draft of the city wide bikeways plan recently. The document will dramatically influence the development of Saint Paul Bicycle infrastructure for years to come. Here are a couple highlights of the plan:
Residents showed overwhelming support for modifying zoning regulations in St. Anthony Park to allow for the construction of secondary dwellings on existing properties at a recent community meeting.
Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) are small habitable structures built on existing plots that can either be separate from or attached to the main residence. They are often used to allow people to age in place with a caretaker or family nearby, or as an extra residence that can be rented or used for visiting family or college students.
More than 60 St. Anthony Park residents showed up to discuss the issue and view 11 possible designs for specific properties in the neighborhood.
Architect Lucas Alm, of Alm Design Studio, worked with the homeowners of a three-story property on Hythe Street who say their current house is bigger than their needs. They are interested in building a small ADU on the property where they could live while their children and grandchildren occupied the main residence.
Alm’s design was for a net zero energy structure that could even consume less energy than it produced with the addition of solar panels.
The St. Anthony Park Community Council is one of 17 District Councils in Saint Paul. The Council is a dynamic nonprofit organization that works closely with residents and stakeholders in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood to build a stronger, more resilient community. It works to set a standard for modern urban community living by addressing a wide range of issues from transportation and sustainability, to economic and infrastructure development. The Council represents the community’s interests in matters of public policy by serving as the official link between the neighborhood and city legislative bodies.
If you are an edible gardener who is interested in access to low cost seeds and seedlings as well as a wealth of connections and information through other experienced gardeners, then join the Local Food Hub for 2014. Participants receive seeds and seedlings at a significantly reduced rate at two distribution events in the spring, and are added to a growing network of local food aficionados to connect over potlucks, skill shares, and more.
Just received this from the Police Department. The first set of numbers across the top are the district numbers (not the number of crimes).
City Council Chambers, City Hall, Room 300, 15 West Kellog Boulevard
St. Anthony Park Composters and Recyclers may want to weigh in on potential changes to Saint Paul's Zoning Code for source-separated organics. Saint Paul City Council will hold a public hearing on draft Zoning Code amendments pertaining to this issue. The draft amendments create a definition for “source-separated organics” and revise the standards and conditions for a municipal yard waste use so as to allow source-separated organics collection and transfer.
You will have an opportunity to learn about how the extraction of copper and nickel (sulfide mining) in the BWCA and Lake Superior watersheds will impact the wetland and forest ecosystems in northern Minnesota on Monday, Jan. 6, at the St. Anthony Park Library, from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
A representative from the Friends of the BWCA, as well as a retired miner who lives adjacent to the area where mines are being proposed, will be present. If one mine is permitted, it opens the door to the other mining corporations already waiting in line for this type of hard rock mining.
Due to the holidays, the Land Use Committee and Board meeting will be postponed to one week later than usually this month. Land Use will be on the 9th and the Board will meet on the 16th.
Did you know about 40 percent of Minnesotans don't drive? We are living in a world in flux, where fewer people rely solely on personal cars to get around town, especially in major metropolitan areas. What that means for our transportation system writ large is a relevant and complicated question.
The University of Minnesota Good Neighbor Fund is a resource for neighborhood communities that are adjacent to the Twin Cities Campus, including St. Anthony Park. Funds are available to enhance and protect the beauty, serenity, and security of the communities impacted by the operation of the University of Minnesota's on campus football stadium. The UMN Good Neighbor Fund will be enhanced in 2014 with a contribution from the Minnesota Vikings.
By Kyle Mianulli
In 1977, ceramic artist Kevin Caufield was a lawsuit away from following in his father’s footsteps and becoming a New York City Firefighter. Thirty-six years later, he sits in his spacious new studio at the Dow Building, 2242 University Avenue West—the new home of Caufield Clay.