The Macalester-Groveland Community Council fosters citizen participation
in government and community decisions that make our neighborhood
a great place to live, work, learn and play.

                              

Annual Neighborhood Gathering

Celebrating 40 Years: 1975-2015

You're invited - join us at the annual neighborhood gathering on Thursday, April 9 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Smail Gallery in the Olin-Rice Science Center at Macalester College (map here). Help us kick-off the year-long celebration of our 40th anniversary. Past volunteers, staff and Board members are encouraged to attend. The event will feature a silent auction, music performances from the Ramsey Middle School Jazz Band and Laura Jeffrey Academy students, Treats of Mac-Groveland and an election of all At-Large Representatives on the Board of Directors. Interested in running for a seat? For more information, email mgcc@macgrove.org

Check back soon for a list of silent auction items! 

Home Improvement Fair

2015 HIF Poster2015 Home Improvement Fair
Saturday, April 11th,
9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Cretin Derham Hall (550 South Albert Street, St. Paul, MN 55116).

The fair is one of our neighborhood’s most popular events, bringing in hundreds of area homeowners to learn about local home improvement products, services, and/or educational efforts. This year, the Home Improvement Fair will feature over 70 exhibitors and 15 workshops to help you take on your next project (and save money, energy, and time in the process)! Door prizes for the 2015 will include energy efficiency services, furnace and A/C tune-ups, design consultation, gutter cleaning, gift certificates, and more! Get updates about the fair on Facebook.

We'll be hosting fifteen 45 minute workshops running between 9:30 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Click here to view a full workshop schedule.  

Organized Trash Collection

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How many trash collection trucks go down your alley every week?  How much do you pay for your trash pickup?  Did you know that your neighbor might be paying less? 

An alternative system of “organized collection” would allow the City of Saint Paul to negotiate contracts with trash haulers on behalf of residents.  Organized collection does not necessarily mean just one trash hauler for the entire City.  There are several ways that this system could work, including supporting multiple hauling companies.  Many cities that have implemented organized collection have achieved greater efficiency, increased services and/or decreased costs. Currently, each household is responsible for contracting with a trash hauling company individually.  

St. Clair Avenue Pavement Rehabilitation

The City of Saint Paul will be doing extensive construction work on St. Clair Avenue between Snelling Avenue and Victoria Street from May 2015 - November 2015. Once the project begins, updates on the project can be found on this page. To learn more about the project, join us at our Transportation Committee meeting Monday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at the Edgcumbe Recreation Center.

Randolph Avenue Reconstruction

Randolph Avenue will be reconstructed in 2015 and 2016: 

"Ramsey County, in cooperation with the City of Saint Paul, will reconstruct Randolph Avenue from Snelling Avenue to I-35E to replace the deteriorating roadway section. The preliminary engineering phase of the project is underway. The project construction will take place over two years.  Randolph Avenue reconstruction in 2015 will be between Brimhall Street and Syndicate Street.   Randolph Avenue reconstruction in 2016 will be between Syndicate Street and I-35E.  CLICK HERE for the project layout.

Teardowns: What MGCC is doing and how you can get involved

Map shows age of structures in Ward 3 Zoned R1-R4March Update: Click here to view the most recent version of the Ward 3 Residential Design Standards report and recommendations (pp. 13-50). The City of Saint Paul Planning Commission will review the report and decide to release the report for a public comment period at their March 27 meeting. 
Mike Richardson, from the St. Paul Planning and Economic Development Department, presented his recommendations from the Ward 3 Residential Design Standards study  at the Highland District Council Community Development committee meeting on Wednesday, March 18 at the Highland Park Community Center. Thanks to those who attended the meeting and shared their feedback. 

January Update: At our January 29, 2015 Housing and Land Use Committe Meeting, City Planner Mike Richardson presented the completed Ward 3 Residential Design Standards study and the resulting draft recommendations. Click here to view the report and recommendations (pp. 13-36) that will be reviewed at the February 4 Neighborhood Planning Committee meeting. Click here to view a summary of the recommendations. 

In the past months, our community has had many conversations around teardowns in the neighborhood.  These conversations highlight a problem that communities throughout the metro area are struggling to address: a property is quietly bought, approved for demolition, and replaced with ill-fitting new construction, all without any notice to surrounding neighbors or community groups.

The Macalester-Groveland Community Council (MGCC) has been working to proactively address neighborhood concerns about the increasing pace of home teardowns and new construction in Macalester-Groveland. 

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