News from St. Anthony Park
The District 12 Community Council meets on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Jennings Community Learning Center, 2455 University Ave. To find when council committees meet, go to www.sapcc.org or call 651-649-5992. The council offices are located at 2395 University Ave., Suite 300 E.
Joy of the People updates
The Joy of the People (JOTP) soccer center at South St. Anthony Rec Center, 890 Cromwell Ave., will not pursue a proposed tennis court resurfacing project. The City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation Department has encouraged JOTP to pursue construction of a turf field instead. If JOTP can secure the grant funding for the field turf installation, it will be installed in spring 2017.
Local residents are planning to install a wildflower garden in the northeast corner of the park next spring. St. Anthony Park Community Council (SAPCC) and the City of St. Paul have approved the project.
JOTP and SAPCC are continuing to work toward developing a “community benefits agreement” that will establish a communication plan and commitment to collaboration between the two parties.
A number of possible initiatives were discussed at the St. Anthony Park/Joy of the People Committee meeting in October, including establishing more waste bins in the park, adding benches and seating around the soccer field.
The next committee meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. at Joy of the People, 890 Cromwell Ave.
St. Anthony Park development news
A number of developments are in the works along the Green Line in St. Anthony Park.
The 2700 Project at 2700 W. University Ave. will include largely market rate luxury apartments with a few affordable units in the complex. The first floor of the building will likely host a joint coffee shop and bar.
Ground has been broken for the 79-unit micro-apartments project at 2326 Territorial Road. Most of the units will be between 350 and 450 square feet and will rent for $800 to $1,000 per month.
Dominium, the developers of the Hunt Electric site at 2300 Territorial Road, will attend the December SAPCC Land Use Committee meeting to outline the Union Flats project, which recently received funding from the Met Council. The project will include 216 affordable-housing units. The December meeting will be held Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m. at Jennings Community Learning Center, 2455 University Ave.
Dominium has also purchased the Weyerhauser site bordering Prospect Park in Minneapolis. This development may include up to three sections: senior affordable housing, affordable workforce housing and market-rate housing. The developers have been involved in conversations with SAPCC, the City of St. Paul and the Towerside Innovation District to plan for the development, which will serve both St. Anthony Park and Prospect Park in Minneapolis.
The senior housing project, Vandalia Project, at Vandalia Street and University Avenue has been awarded funding from the Met Council. The developer, Aeon, has made several presentations to the SAPCC Land Use Committee about the upcoming project.
C&E Flats next to C&E Lofts at the intersection of University and Raymond avenues have been under construction for a few months. The project will include five stories of market-rate apartments on top of the existing storefronts on the first level at this location.