In This Issue
St. Anthony  Park Neighborhood News
December 2015
SAPCC Gets A New Home!

As we continue to grow as an organization, we have found ourselves in need of a new office space. As well as the South St. Anthony Recreation Center has served us for decade, we think it's time for a new home. Luckily, we found a spot! Right on the Green Line on University Ave., upstairs from Workhorse Cafe, and just a couple of steps from Jennings Community Learning Center, you can find us on the third floor of 2395 University Ave. (Suite 300 E) beginning on February 1st, 2016

We will host staff in that office as well as our monthly Environment and Transportation meetings. We will continue to host our Land Use and Board meetings at Jennings because they have enough space to house the larger meetings.

Thank you to Joy of the People for being wonderful cohabitants in the rec center and for supporting our move both financially and with volunteers to help move things! 

Come visit us! 




Ecumen Development Process Continues

Ecumen and Luther Seminary came to the November meeting of the Land Use Committee to present their updated plans. A few dozen community members participated in the meeting by asking questions and giving comments on the new plans. After much discussion, the Land Use Committee voted with a divided vote to support the project. Their recommendation followed Council procedure in appearing before the Board of Directors at their December 10th meeting. At that meeting, the Board voted nearly unanimously (with the board member appointed at that meeting abstaining) to write a letter of support for the project.

Ecumen plans to continue working with our neighborhood to shape the plans on this project and potentially begin their other two ideas for the neighborhood. They have convened a committee of neighbors to continually give input as they develop plans and they will continue attending Land Use Committee meetings regularly to give updates on their work.
Raymond Avenue Phase III

Raymond Ave. Phase III planning has been well underway for a few months. The Transportation Committee has hosted a public commentary and questions period with City staff and co-hosted a city meeting for staff to present on plans for the section of Raymond that will undergo construction this spring and summer. 

We expect these plans to go before City Council in February for approval so the bidding process can begin. Once that process has completed, the contractors will begin work (sometime this spring). This almost 6-block section poses some difficulty despite its short length because of the needed work under the bridge by Energy Park Drive to create much safer passage for bicyclists and others. This stretch also needs improved pedestrian crossings, especially given its proximity to SAP Elementary School. We have been assured that although the work may not be done by the time the State Fair begins that we can expect to have free passage on this road during that time.

You can read more about the project and see the plans developed by City staff here:  www.sapcc.org/transportation-committee.
Sunrise Banks Office Construction Proposal 

Sunrise Banks presented a proposal to the Land Use Committee this month which garnered unanimous support. They plan a three story office and training headquarters building at 2525 Wabash. This will not be a bank location; they plan to use the facility to house administrative staff. 

Welcoming New Board Members

The Board voted to appoint two new board members in December. Welcome to Charlie Christopherson and Max Herzberg! Charlie joins us as a representative from North St. Anthony Park and Max comes from South. We can't wait for their contributions over the coming months!
                                              
Charlie Christopherson                           Max Herzberg
Lydia Place at Seal Hi-Rise

Lydia Place Collaborative Communities invites you to join us for a community mixer with the residents of Seal Hi-Rise, St. Paul's westernmost public housing facility. An opportunity for community members to get to know one of our neighborhood's underserved and overlooked communities.

Food, drink, and entertainment provided by a generous gift from Thrivent Financial. 

When: Sunday, December 20th
    2:00-4:00 pm
Where: Seal Hi-Rise Tower 
     825 Seal St. 
     St. Paul, MN 55114
Thank you, ADU Task Force!

The ADU Task Force, after more than a year of service, has wrapped up their investigative process. They were tasked with answering the question: Are accessory dwelling units appropriate for St. Anthony Park? We thank the task force members for their thoughtful and thorough process in answering this question. 

If you haven't yet seen their recommendations, click here

Board & Land Use Meetings at Jennings

We now host our monthly Board meetings and Land Use Committee meetings at Jennings Community Learning Center, located at 2455 University Ave. W. 

We have outgrown our South St. Anthony Recreation Center home for hosting our larger public meetings. Meeting at Jennings for both our Board and Land Use meetings will continue into the foreseeable future, even as we continue our search for a new home in St. Anthony Park to house our office and other monthly meetings. We'll keep you updated as that search continues! 
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Get Involved

Visit or join a Community Council committee! All are open to the community and new members. 
Land Use--First Thursday of the month 7-9pm 
Board of Directors--Second Thursday of the month 7-9pm 
Transportation--First Monday of Every Month 6:30-8pm 

Environment--Fourth Wednesday of Every Month, 7-9pm

All committee meetings of the Community Council are an easy way for you to keep informed, get to know your neighbors and shape your neighborhood for the better. Transportation and Environment Committee meetings are held at the South St. Anthony Rec Center (890 Cromwell), Land Use and Board meetings are held at Jennings Community Learning Center (2455 University Ave. 55114). Community members are encouraged to join any committee- you become a member after attending only three meetings.

 

About Us

The St. Anthony Park Community Council is a non-profit citizen's organization of residents working together to maintain and enhance the quality of life, residential character, economic vitality, and physical development of St. Anthony Park. The Board meets monthly as do our three committees: Land Use, Transportation and Environment. Any resident may join the committees. The Board is elected with five delegates and two alternates each from North St. Anthony, South St. Anthony, and Business. Current Board members from North: Michael Russelle, John Mark Lucas, Charles Christopherson. From South:  Matt Hass, Ian Luby, Max Herzberg. The business members are Ray Brian and Scott Simmons Student Delegate: Alex Susko. Board Repair: Amanda Yang. 

 

Newsletter written by Cailin Rogers. Questions, comments, or suggestions? Email cailin@sapcc.org.