News from the Downtown Alliance
January 3, 2020
A note from the president
Friends,

Happy new year! I hope you were all able to pause and enjoy some downtime over the holidays.

There's been plenty of great news this week to kick off 2020. Read on below for more information about the RiverCentre parking ramp redevelopment proposals and the new B Line being extended. Plus, our friends at Wellworth were featured as one of the Cool Offices in the Twin Cities, and we may be biased but certainly agree.

A belated congratulations are in order as well - just after our last newsletter of 2019 went out Governor Walz appointed Charlie Zelle as the new Chair of the Metropolitan Council. We're excited to work together with Chair Zelle and the entire Met Council this year and for years to come.

See you all around (down)town,

Joe Spencer
President
The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance
RiverCentre parking ramp submissions received
The City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development department has received six proposals for what to do with the existing RiverCentre parking ramp. A request for proposals was issued last fall and submissions are currently being evaluated. The RFP sought projects that would utilize the site's key location in connecting downtown to the Mississippi River. A number of developers have independently released their renderings and proposals for the site to the public.

Ramsey County Means Business
Earlier this week Ramsey County unveiled their brand new economic development website - RamseyCountyMeansBusiness.com . The site is designed to streamline the business attraction and site selection process by offering a concierge style approach that features available redevelopment sites, local incentives and more. Congratulations to Kari Collins, Josh Olson and the entire team at Ramsey County Community and Economic Development for this monumental undertaking and for creating an asset that will benefit our entire East Metro.

B Line Rapid Transit line to extend downtown
The future B Line arterial bus rapid transit line will not end in Midway, as had once been planned, but will instead continue all the way into downtown Saint Paul. Expanding and improving transit options downtown benefits not only existing employees but offers a serious competitive advantage for attracting new talent and employers. The Downtown Alliance is proud to have worked alongside East Metro Strong, the Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce, Ecolab and others to advocate for the line extension. The B Line will connect with multiple major transit hubs including the Blue and Green LRT lines and is expected to be fully operational by 2023.

Downtown Saint Paul in the news 
What's happening coming up around Downtown Saint Paul
Music History Trivia | January 7, MN History Center

FIRE & ICE - Winter Carnival Art Show | January 9 - AZ Gallery

Oprah's 2020 Vision, with Tina Fey | January 11, Xcel Energy Center
Now open downtown
275 4th Street East
Union Depot
282 6th Street East
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