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Sustain Saint Paul June General Meeting

June 23, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

June 23, 2020  |  Zoom meeting minutes

1. Introductions


  • Michelle Messer – Ward 2 Summit Hill
  • Rob Wales, Ward 3
  • Elizabeth Wefel, Ward 3
  • Andy Singer, Ward 3
  • Pat Thompson, Ward 4
  • Jackie 
  • James Slegers, Ward 2 Summit Hill 
  • Kevin Gallatin, Ward 3
  • Lauren Nielsen, Ward 2
  • Luke Hanson, Ward 3 Macalester Groveland
  • Melissa Wenzel, Ward 7
  • Micheal Foley, Ward 1 Summit University 
  • Michelle Molstead, Ward 1 
  • Ryan Ricard, Ward 3
  • Sherry (?), Ward 3
  • Theresa Nelson, Move MN 
  • Tyler Blackmon, Ward 3 Highland 
  • Judy Temple 
  • Jackie Mossio (?) Ward 3
  • Gary Marx, Ward 3
  • Amanda Willis, Ward 3
  • Merritt Clapp-Smith

2. Special guest

  • Nelsie Yang – Updates on the Tenants Protection Policy and a call to action to write into or call CMs

3. Project updates

  1. Tenants Protection Update and Next Steps- Tyler: Tyler reported that the Just Cause clause would stay intact according to his sources. The next step is public comment which is to happen in the morning at 10 a.m. on June 24, 2020
  2. Ford Site Updates – Kevin: The Highland District Council’s Community Development Committee heard variance requests for the first 2 buildings on the Ford Site and recommended approval of all of them.The first building is proposed for Ford Pkwy and Cretin Ave and will include a full scale grocery store and 230 apartments with a handful of them being affordable.
  • The building required multiple variances. One was for less than the required amount of glass on the lowest 12 feet of the building, which is needed due to the slope of the site and the brick construction.
  • Another is for  the height of a decorative tower element on the corner modeled after the Blair Arcade.
  • Another was for lack of setbacks above the first floor on the (east) alley side along the existing Lunds & Byerlys building, and along the south side alongside another planned building.
  • The last variance was to reduce the required car sharing spots in the building from 8 to 0. Hour Car is the only remaining car share provider in the area and they require a larger fixed station to be viable. Ryan Cos aims to collaborate with them to provide a more concentrated car sharing hub elsewhere on the site. The issue will be addressed in the HDC Transportation Committee meeting on Tuesday Aug 11th at 7:00pm. The link to the meeting will be on the HDC website. The second building is proposed for Cretin Ave and Bohland Ave, just south of the grocery building. It will include 60 senior focused housing units heavily subsidized to 30% of Area Median Income. Rents would be in the $500 range for a one bedroom.
  • It required a minor setback variance and an EV parking spot variance from 1 space to 0. There were no concerns from the committee. General Ford Site updates:
  • Through 2020 Ryan Cos will be excavating and leveling the site. They will dig the large central stormwater feature and begin underground utility construction. During 2021 they will build 3 public parks, commission the stormwater management, open the first roads, and toward the end of the year will open the above buildings along with some rowhouse buildings. 3. Safety on Streets/Summit Lanes – Lauren: Lauren updated on the progress public works has been making on Summit Ave. New green paint is down at Summit/Lexington and Summit/Snelling. Bike lane widening is also happening. If you would like to join Lauren to work on additional projects around the city please let her know via Slack.4. Survey – Tyler  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TTQDMJF: Tyler asks that we please complete this survey.

    5. RM Zoning Updates – Merritt: Merritt shared the following update with us. 

    “RM zoning study update… – From: Dermody, Bill (CI-StPaul) <bill.dermody@ci.stpaul.mn.us>
    Sent: Tuesday, June 23, 2020 1:54 PM
    To: Dermody, Bill (CI-StPaul) <bill.dermody@ci.stpaul.mn.us>
    Cc: Pereira, Luis (CI-StPaul) <Luis.Pereira@ci.stpaul.mn.us>
    Subject: RM Zoning Study update

    RM Zoning Study commenters and other interested parties:

    I’m writing to provide an update on the RM Zoning Study. All comments received during the Planning Commission’s public hearing been reviewed by staff and will be reviewed by the Comprehensive and Neighborhood Planning Committee on Wednesday (tomorrow). The CNPC could make a recommendation or lay it over for further consideration. If the CNPC acts, it would go to the full Planning Commission for their recommendation on July 10. That timeline would put us on course for City Council to both hold a public hearing and take action in August, dates tbd.

    The CNPC’s materials can be viewed here: https://urldefense.proofpoint.com/v2/url?u=https-3A__www.stpaul.gov_departments_planning-2Deconomic-2Ddevelopment_planning_planning-2Dcommission_comprehensive-2Dplanning-3FNID-3D3429&d=DwIFAg&c=1hIq-C3ayh4zm6RZ7m4R2A&r=91JNFwPSPw6O8PNDWt2iTdZ6iO1jGv0jG7UTcbiaCLw&m=DI5cgwjU1ReNA8aDVd6ZxHnjKAxVix9XS14ie42iI7Y&s=FRUOA5RIXpJdHW26yMwqo59wU5a7_sxIGEXB5v0A70Y&e=  They include all comments received (among the memo attachments), and analysis of comments received (in the memo body, pp41-47). Revised staff recommendations are also provided among the materials.

    (Note to Mr. Wenger: Your spreadsheet was emailed to the CNPC separately, to preserve functionality that is lost in a pdf. Only pdfs could be posted online.)

    I will let you all know when the City Council public hearing date is set, which would be the proper time to provide any additional comments. The purpose of this email is just to update you on the process.

    Thanks for your interest in this potentially impactful zoning work.

    Bill Dermody, City Planner
    Planning & Economic Development
    25 W. 4th St., 14th Floor; Saint Paul, MN 55102
    651-266-6617 Bill.Dermody@stpaul.gov

4. Old Business

  1. Open Board Spot Election  – Liz: The board voted to add Luke Hanson of Ward 3 to the board. He has a history of working with Neighbors for More Neighbors and is a welcome addition. 

5. New Items

  1.  “Encouraging additional advocacy” Michelle: Use this form: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdbv7vdclkStAu6HHFgcvNbUSgg0CruTJAtQGwKs-uEzO0qOg/viewform?usp=sf_link
  2. 94 Widening  – Andy Singer: Sustain St. Paul members voted to sign on to flier that Andy/Pat and other alliances has created. We will add our name as supporters.
  3. Opening Slack – Lauren: Watch for a sign-up opportunity via Google forms to be added to the SSP Slack channel. We’ll also help new Slack users learn how to navigate the app.

6. Notices and Other Items 

Next meeting

  • Our next meeting will take place July 21 – mark your calendars and watch for an invite.



June 23, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm