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Looking for information about a potential or proposed project in the neighborhood?  On this page, you will find the most recent information that MGCC has received about current projects.

Questions?  Contact us at or 651.695.4000.

1769 Grand Avenue Proposed Redevelopment

The owners of 1769 Grand Avenue are planning a potential redevelopment of the property to a 12-unit multifamily housing building, which is on the north side of Grand Avenue between Fairview Avenue and Wheeler Street South.
Due to current circumstances with COVID-19, they have written a memo to the MGCC HLU committee, and the community at-large, as well as developed a website with more information about the plans: They have also mailed letters to all residences within 350 ft of their property.
They are interested in receiving feedback, suggestions, concerns, and questions from the community on the design, so they can consider all of it and come back to HLU and the City of Saint Paul with their final design.
Based on the current design they would require 3 variances, as outlined in the memo and on the website. They will be formally coming to the HLU Committee in April via Zoom asking for a recommendation on their variance application to the City of Saint Paul, before going to the BZA in late April or early May.
We ask that community members share their feedback by Friday, March 27th, if possible. Obviously we will continue to collect all feedback, questions, concerns, and suggestions whenever they come in. Answers to questions from community and committee members can be found here.

Please send feedback to If you choose to email the property owners directly, please CC Alexa as well.

1351 Randolph Avenue Proposed Redevelopment

2019: Oppidan Investment Company proposed redevelopment of the existing building located at 1351 Randolph Avenue into a free standing building operated by a national coffee chain with a drive-through. The proposed development would be approximately 2,000 square feet and will include an outdoor patio. The site plan's design positions the building's storefront at the intersection of Hamline and Randolph Avenue. The site would also include approximately 14 parking stalls onsite for customers traveling by vehicle.

For more information about the proposed redevelopment:

Cafe - Randolph and Hamline - Site Plan

Cafe - Randolph and Hamline - Looking Northwest

Cafe - Randolph and Hamline - Looking Northeast.

Oppidan attended a joint meeting of the HDC Community Development Committee and the MGCC Housing and Land Use Committee on August 5 at 7 pm at the Highland Park Community Center. The agenda can be found here: August 5 HDC & MGCC Special Meeting Agenda.

Can't attend but want to share your feedback?  Email us at

2020 UPDATE: Oppidan has not submitted an application to the City of Saint Paul at this time.


1524 Summit Ave (former St. Paul's Episcopal Church on the Hill)

An application for a historic use variance has been submitted to convert the former St. Paul's Episcopal Church on the Hill into a performing arts center called the Summit Center for Arts and Innovation.

See more details of the proposal in part 1 and part 2 of the variance application.

The applicant will be attending our July 25th Housing and Land Use Committee meeting. (See agenda) to share details of the proposal.  Can't attend but want to share your feedback?  Email us at


Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)

ADUs are a separate living unit allowed as an accessory use related to a single-family house.
The unit can be located inside the main house, in an addition, or in an accessory
building, such as a cottage or above a garage. Saint Paul currently permits ADUs in the area
one-half mile from University Avenue between Emerald Street and Lexington Parkway, which is
located in the St. Anthony Park, Union Park, and Hamline Midway Planning Districts.

The City is now gathering community input on the potential expansion of ADUs into other neighborhoods in Saint Paul. See a fact sheet on ADUs here. and see the City staff report to the Planning Commission here.  

On July 25th, 2018, a City planner will be attending our Housing and Land Use committee meeting to share on update and answer questions on ADUs.  See agenda here.  Can't attend?  Share your thoughts with the committee by emailing at

Contact with questions.

Snelling/St. Clair Redevelopment

A local developer is proposing to construct a mixed-use, multi-family property over three parcels (246, 252, 258 Snelling Ave) at the Snelling/St.Clair intersection.  The current draft of the plan includes:

  • 118 residential units
  • Units are a mix of  alcove, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom
  • 4,197 sq ft of retail space
  • 98 car parking spaces and 98 bike parking spaces for residential and retail uses
  • 1 level of underground parking
  • Varying heights from 15 feet tall on the Snelling side to a 68 ft peak at the intersection.

This plan will require a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the building height.  The plan will not require any variances which means it conforms to the zoning code.  Conditional Uses are allowed uses within zoning districts that are subject to additional requirements. The Planning Commission has the authority to issue Conditional Use Permits after a public hearing.

At the April 25th meeting of the MGCC's Housing and Land Use committee. the committee voted (11 - 5) to support the CUP application.

The requested CUP for the building height has the following components:

  • At the north wall in the T3 zoning district: proposed building height is 68’4” for a CUP request of 13’4”
  • At the south end of the east wall in the T2 zoning district: proposed building height is 47’ for a CUP request of 4’8”
  • At the east end of the south wall in the T2 zoning district: proposed building height is 47’ for a CUP request of 6’

See more detailed information about the CUP Conditions here.
See the CUP Application, including shade study, here.
See current plans here:  Snelling & St Clair Plans April 23 2018

Contact with questions.

270 & 272 Snelling Ave Development

A local developer attend the February 2018 meeting of our Housing and Land Use committee to share plans for 270 and 272 Snelling Ave.  These are two of the mid-block parcels between StClair and Stanford (see blue shaded parcels on map).

The proposed development is a single-story building with 8,000 sq ft. of retail space.  The development includes street facing frontage with parking in the rear.  No variances or conditional use permits are required. See plans:  

272 Snelling Elevation Plan Feb 2018


272 Snelling Site Plan Feb 2018

Contact with questions.  


33-45 Syndicate: At-Home Apartments

At-Home Apartments is re-developing three parcels at the north-west intersection of Grand and Syndicate.  The project will include: 

  • 26 residential units
  • 2 levels of parking
  • 10,000 sq ft of retail and office space  

See plans for the project (PDF).

Contact with questions. 



Snelling Ave S Zoning Study

In 2017, The City of Saint Paul completed a formal review of existing zoning districts to determine if new zoning for certain parcels would be appropriate. The study area included the blocks along Snelling Avenue South, between I-94 and Ford Parkway, as well as the blocks along Selby Avenue, Grand Avenue, St. Clair Avenue, Randolph Avenue, and Highland Parkway within 1/4 mile of Snelling Avenue (see map). This study will compared existing land uses with current zoning and potential new zoning. 

In September 2017, the City Council voted to change the zoning on Snelling Ave following the Planning Commission's recommendations.  

See more information about the Snelling Ave S Rezoning Study.  



Residential Design Standards

Ward 3 Residential Design Standards Study and Ordinance


Reconstruction and Rebuild fact Sheet_9.15

1. Require additions of 120 square feet of floor area or greater to adhere to 10% window and door openings minimum. (City‐wide)
2. Height reduction at side setback lines for single‐family properties, increases allowed with larger setback. (Districts 14 and 15)
3. Change in side setback requirement for RM1‐RM3 multiple‐family zoning districts to 9 ft., consistent with existing traditional building patterns in Saint Paul. (City‐wide)
4. Total maximum lot coverage – 45% for all buildings, including principle and accessory structures (such as garages). (Districts 14 and 15)
5. Sidewall articulation – required for building faces longer than 35 ft. in length, at least 1 ft. in depth and 6 ft. in length. (Districts 14 and 15)
6. Exceptions for expansion in nonconforming areas generally not visible from the street. (Citywide)
7. Additional minor amendments. (City‐wide)