Luther Seminary development update

The District 12 St. Anthony Park Community Council is hosting a public meeting on July 11 that will be an update on potential development plans at the Luther Seminary campus.

The meeting is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Northwestern Hall auditorium on the Seminary campus at 1501 Fulham.

“We will hear from representatives of Luther Seminary and the development team that has been chosen to purchase and develop about 15 acres of Seminary land,” said Emily Rodriguez, District 12 community organizer. “The development team is Master Properties (market rate housing), United Properties (senior housing), and CommonBond (affordable housing). The land involves the cities of Saint Paul and Lauderdale.”

At a community meeting earlier this year, the developers said they may build up to 450 units of housing on a 15.5- acre redevelopment site at Luther Seminary. But the team is also pledging to preserve as much of that property—called Breck Woods—a prized, seven-acre parcel of open space, as possible.

Representatives for the Semi­nary and the development plan to make brief presentations and open the session for Q and A from the audience.

District 12 plans to live-stream the session. Childcare will be available at the meeting.

Directions: The auditorium is on the lower level of Northwestern Hall, with entrances from Fulham and Hendon.

Parking is available in the lot behind the building, entry from Hendon. Parking is limited on the streets. Please share rides if you must drive and walk if you are able. A couple of handicapped parking places are in the lot. Both Routes 3 and 30 Metro Transit buses stop at Eustis and Como. Luther Seminary has slowly been selling under-used portions of its property for several years. In 2014, the seminary sold five apartment buildings on Eustis Street to Greenway Village. Senior housing developer Ecumen bought 1.6 acres at Luther Place and Como Avenue in 2015 to build Zvago, a 49-unit co-op currently under construction. HealthPartners purchased 4.5 acres of land across from its Como Avenue building in 2016 to build a replacement clinic.

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