News from the Downtown Alliance
February 14, 2020
A note from the president
Hello Friends,

What a great week for good news in Downtown Saint Paul! There was a sweet spread in the Sunday business section of the Star Tribune; the new Met Council Czar, Charlie Zelle, vowed to create a culture of safety on buses and trains (and stations); Fairview announced its plan to save Saint Joe’s; and yet another new development investment was announced in downtown. Plus, we welcomed a growing new tech company, UPSIE, into Osborn370.

I recently did a quick analysis of the development going on in downtown Saint Paul (you can see it yourself on the Development Tracker ). We have over 1,000 units of housing/hotel currently under construction (adding to over 700 completed in the last 18 months), and over 700,000 sq ft of commercial space currently under construction (adding to over 1,000,000 recently completed). That is a TON of new investment in downtown Saint Paul and a fantastic indicator that we are in the midst of some great growth.

Whether you're going to Iron & Wine at the Palace, Erin Schwab at Birch’s or Superman Becomes Louis Lane at the History Theater – have a great Valentine's Day. It's not too late to stop by Gypsy Moon or Pocket for of Posies for a last minute gift!

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
with SPNN Executive Director, Martin Ludden
Projects that will transform our skyline
There's no doubt that excitement is brewing in downtown Saint Paul. Our skyline could see its first major changes in decades in the coming years. The Ramsey County Riversedge project continues to move forward and six proposals have be submitted for the RiverCentre ramp site. The Star Tribune ran a great article earlier this week that highlighted projects in the works downtown - this is definitely recommended reading for anyone who lives or works downtown.

Northland Cup Hockey Game at TRIA Rink
Sunday, Feb 23 is the 7th Annual Northland Cup Hockey Game at TRIA Rink. This charity hockey game between the City of Saint Paul and Ramsey County is a fun, free, family friendly event that raises money to benefit victims of domestic violence in our community. Due to the generous support of last year’s sponsors, participants and attendees, $24,500 was raised for the Saint Paul & Ramsey County Domestic Abuse Intervention Project (SPIP). All are invited to join in this exciting event! Other activities during the game include a silent auction, a raffle, chuck-a-puck and more.

Volunteer opportunities downtown
Twin Cities PBS in Lowertown is looking for volunteers to help out with upcoming events. The March Pledge Drive will take place on select evenings the first 11 days of March and is a great opportunity to volunteer with friends or family members and meet new neighbors. Be My Neighbor Day is a fantastic family event on March 7, and a variety of volunteer shifts are available as well. TPT will pay for parking, provide snacks/meals and have t-shirts available for all volunteers. If you're interested in learning more or have questions, email Samantha Grangaard.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news 
Events coming up around Downtown Saint Paul

Ordway Cabaret: Gotta Dance! | February 20, Ordway

Special Spaces Fundraiser | March 6, Hope Breakfast Bar
Now open downtown
30 East &7th Street, Skyway
289 East Fifth Street
275 4th Street East
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Cover photo by Jeff Schad .