In This Issue
St. Anthony  Park Neighborhood News
July 17, 2015
Community Council Steers Developers Towards Sustainability

Development non-profit, Aeon, hosted two community meetings to gather community input on its development site at the northeast University and Vandalia (across University from the Dubliner at the Pirtek building site). Representatives from different community organizations, Transition Town--ASAP and the Creative Enterprise Zone, as well as other local apartment buildings, the Lyric and the Carleton Lofts, among many other residents and employees came out to share their opinions on the new development with Aeon. Community members identified a need and desire for green space in the area--maybe even apple trees! 

Aeon shared very preliminary plans with residents so that they could draw all over them with their hopes and dreams for the site. Ideas tossed out included space for artists, public art, an area for children to play, sustainable practices, a strong connection to the University Ave. streetscape and more. Aeon developers will take all of this feedback, amalgamate it, and see what they can feasibly use on the site. In a stark contract to many other development companies, Aeon rests much of their planning for a site on what the community wants to see there. They plan to own and manage the site for many decades to come, so they want to fit their development into the vision community members have for our neighborhood. 

Participants were able to do a design charette with crayons and creativity! Based on the responses our neighbors gave, we see a lot of excitement over this development. We are glad community members were able to attend and share their thoughts on the site. If you have other ideas for the location or want to hear more about this project as it begins its long financing and planning period, email Cailin at Thank you to both Jennings and the Dubliner for hosting our meetings!

Granary Corridor Tour

The Government and Community Relations department at the University of MN hand-picked SAPCC staff to join elected officials Representative Phyllis Kahn and Councilperson Jacob Frey, as well as UMN staff, to tour the Granary Corridor from Hwy 280 over to the Marcy-Holmes and West Bank neighborhoods. The tour included a component of St. Anthony Park to identify to possibilities for development along the Grand Round which runs through the neighborhood. Attention was brought to the 2700 Project along University Avenue--a multi-income level housing development (including 20% affordable housing) that broke ground recently. The tour identified that the Green Line has spurred development in SAP and Prospect Park, with St. Paul's development in large part running from west to east along University. The Granary Tour offered SAPCC staff greater opportunity for collaboration with partners in the area, including Prospect Park neighborhood group, Aeon Community Development, and the University of MN.

Tibetan Celebration

SAPCC was honored to partake in His Holiness the Dalai Lama's 80th birthday celebration at the Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota (located on Raymond Ave.). The Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota was formed in 1992 to aid the resettlement of Tibetan immigrants to MN. 


The event brought together members of the neighborhood with active participants in the Tibetan community to celebrate the Dalai Lama and Tibetan culture in our state.   



Fourth of July Parade -- Celebrating SAP
Photo Credit Duane Schriever 

A glorious Fourth of July this year saw residents, businesses, and community organizations marching along Como Ave. in north St. Anthony Park. Transition Town--ASAP and our Community Council marched next to one another to celebrate our shared partnership. Mimi Jennings, involved in both organizations, said a few words about the Council at the bandstand at the culmination of the parade. Afterwards, kids rode ponies, people played games, and everyone enjoyed food at Langford Park. What a beautiful day to celebrate our community!

Claire's Column
Civic Stewardship Apprentice Claire shares her insights
In these past few months, I have really come to realize the variety of awareness levels and levels of openness in the world and in my communities. A lack of openness can carry with it biases and prejudices, this often is because of our societal norms. When someone is outside of the majority, they are instantly seen differently.

Awareness is a struggle across the board. The unawareness brought by the ability to disconnect from your surroundings at any moment has been layered on top of people's own distractions and at times outright ignorance. What I am saying is that there are many things stopping people everyday from being aware. I am not just writing about looking where you are going and being in tune with your surroundings, but reaching a social awareness.

This is an awareness that can only come from educating yourself around issues, our societal structures, and stopping ourselves from making snap judgements, based on biases we or society may hold. So I have a suggestion for you, bring up social issues in conversation, whether you are looking to know more from someone who shares the same views as you or you're looking for a debate, take that step out of your conversational zone. I hope you are having a great summer and thank you for reading.

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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 
Energy Resilience Group--Third Thursday 7-9pm (email for location)
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. Committee meetings are held at the South St. Anthony Rec Center (890 Cromwell) unless otherwise noted. 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: Gary Carlson, Seth Levin, John Seppanen, Michael Russelle, Wanjiru Mugo, Mimi Jennings. From South:  Matt Hass, JoAnne Makela, Kathryn Murray. The business members are Ray Brian, Linda Hodge. Student Delegate: Alex Susko. Board Repair: Amanda Yang.