News from the Downtown Alliance
April 11, 2019
A note from the president
Happy spring blizzard, friends! 

We've got a big weekend ahead with Independent Record Store Day, the opening of the beautiful Minnesota United soccer stadium and the Ordway’s Spring Fete! 

Monday, April 15 is the last day to get your mini-grant proposals into us to support our pilot Stewardship Program – the submission form is super simple, and we’re getting some great projects pouring in.  

We're also looking forward to the City Council's final vote next week regarding liquor license changes that would make it easier for restaurants to open downtown. See more about these efforts below.

Oh yeah, and thanks to the Port Authority for including me in this cool video!

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
President
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
Congratulations to The 428 for being Minnesota's first WELL and LEED certified building!
Downtown Saint Paul is bustling forward, and our rules need to catch up
Earlier this week leadership from the Downtown Alliance, Saint Paul elected officials and downtown's district council co-signed a letter published in the Pioneer Press.

In it we o utline s everal ways, some straightforward and others more complex, that we can prepare as a downtown for monumental and exciting growth in both our commercial and residential communities. As we focus on both the present and the future, it is critical that our vision and expectations as well as our policies reflect a downtown that is bustling with the sights, sounds and intensity of a great American city.

The wait is nearly over - soccer's on its way
For soccer fans across the state, Saturday afternoon cannot come soon enough. After years of anticipation MN United FC will play their first home game at the brand new Allianz Field in Saint Paul. While not technically part of downtown, we're no less excited for opening day. If you're coming from downtown or the East Metro, plan to hop on the Green Line and take the train west to the stadium. But before you board, stop in to any one of the stellar downtown options near the train for a beer. We'd suggest Dark Horse , Tin Whiskers Brewery or Amsterdam Bar and Hall .

Riverfront development moves forward
This week the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners heard an update from AECOM on the proposed Riverfront development along the bluff in downtown Saint Paul. This catalytic development would include four new towers with a 150-room hotel, 80 condos, 300 apartments and up to 1.3 million square feet of high-end office space. The development would be built on a lid over the railroads and Shepard Road, which would allow for connections from the top of the bluff to the river through a privately owned public promenade.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news