News from District 10, Como Park

The District 10 Como Community Council meets at 7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of each month at the Historic Streetcar Station, 1224 N. Lexington Parkway. Here’s how to connect: 651- 644-3889, district10comopark.org or District 10 Community Council on Facebook.

 

Business in Como could be better, studies say

Dale Street needs a destination or anchor business to improve its retail environment, according to a market analysis performed for the District 10 Como Community Council and the District 6 Planning Council. The good news for Como residents is that the kinds of businesses that the studies say could work line up with the kinds of businesses Como residents say they want on Dale or elsewhere in the neighborhood. These include a moderately sized, full-service grocery; small restaurants and coffee shops with a local focus; and a taproom.

The two studies examine the “retail trade area” for Dale between Maryland Avenue and Topping Street and the demographic, income, traffic, employment and population trends for all of Como. These include challenges such as the “leakage” of retail dollars out of St. Paul into the shopping areas near Lexington and Larpenteur avenues and elsewhere in Roseville.

The two studies were performed by the consulting firm Perkins + Will. The firm’s Jay Demma will talk about the studies during the District 10 Como Community Council meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 21. The meeting will begin at 7 p.m. at the Historic Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington and Horton Avenue.

The studies are part of an ongoing effort by the Como Community Council to build a foundation for additional business investment and amenities in the neighborhood.

 

More on Como, Front and Dale

The St. Paul Public Works and Planning and Economic Development departments will hold a community meeting on Thursday, Dec. 14, 6-8 p.m., to discuss their proposed improvements of the Como, Front, and Dale intersection. The infrastructure and landscaping improvements are part of the city’s Commercial Vitality Zone investment, which was first announced in 2016.

In addition, Jay Demma from the consulting firm of Perkins + Will will outline the market analysis his firm did of the Dale Street corridor and how that ties to potential development near the intersection.

The meeting will be held at the city’s Public Works facility, 891 Dale St.

 

Tired of saying ‘nobody told me’?

If you haven’t heard the latest about German Immersion School expansion plans, renovation of the Schiffman Fountain in Como Park or replacement trees on neighborhood boulevards, it probably means you haven’t been reading District 10’s weekly newsletter. If you sign up, we’ll send it to your email inbox every Friday morning. Get on our mailing list at www.district10comopark.org. Click the “sign up” link on the right side of our home page.

 

Upcoming District 10 meetings

All District 10 committee and council meetings begin at 7 p.m. at the Historic Streetcar Station, which is at the northeast corner of Lexington Parkway and Horton Avenue. Community members are always welcome to attend and participate. Whenever possible, agendas are posted in advance in the “Board News” section of District 10’s website. Here are the upcoming meetings:

  • Environment Committee: Wednesday, Nov. 29
  • Neighborhood Relations and Safety Committee: Tuesday, Dec. 5
  • Land Use Committee: Wednesday, Dec. 6
  • Como Community Council monthly meeting: Tuesday, Dec. 19

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