OPINION | Swede Hollow Park – commuter rail?

Friends of Swede Hollow is working on a campaign to keep commuter rail out of Swede Hollow Park. One of the proposed light rail routes for the Rush Line corridor (a transit line from Forest Lake to Union Depot in downtown St. Paul) would pass through Swede Hollow Park. Friends of Swede Hollow does not oppose the Rush Line or light rail, but strongly oppose the proposed route through Swede Hollow. There are other ways for the Rush Line to get to Union Depot.

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Dayton’s Bluff prepares for 2014 Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour

The annual Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour will be held on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 am-5:00 pm and Sunday, April 27, 1:00-5:00 pm. During the home tour, residents in Minneapolis and St. Paul open their homes to the public to showcase city living. This year we have an apartment in the old Mound Park School building on the tour; many people have wondered what it looks like inside. Some Dayton’s Bluff people attended school there years ago.

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Metro State comes to agreement with St. Paul neighbors over parking ramp

“Congrats on the Agreement,” read the banner hanging in the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council meeting room. A large cake decorated with balloons and the word “Agreement” topped off the meeting. The special Dayton’s Bluff Community Council Land Use meeting on November 12 was a celebration, and the Land Use committee passed a motion in support of the neighborhood: Metropolitan State University’s “Areas of Mutual Agreement” document.Numerous community members attending the meeting thanked Metropolitan State University personnel for working with the community to make the parking ramp and Student Center fit in with the community vision.The Areas of Mutual Agreement document reads as follows:Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood leadership representatives and the Metropolitan State University leadership are delighted to reach agreement on the plan for the development of a parking ramp and student center on the St. Paul campus of Metropolitan State University. The university and the neighborhood representatives agree to work together to advance these objectives in the months ahead.Overall plan objectives:The university has agreed with the neighborhood’s request to site the parking ramp in the center of block, edging Bates Avenue and running toward Maria Avenue with an east-west orientation.The ramp will accommodate 700 cars.The ramp will have a two-level elevation above grade along Bates Avenue (four levels in total) and five levels of parking on the Maria Avenue side.The two entrances/exits from the ramp will be on Maria Avenue (entering/exiting Maria from 6th Street) and on Bates.Parking ramp facades on Bates and facing Maria should receive priority for sensitive and appropriate design and materials.Everyone agreed to support efforts to create a pedestrian-friendly environment on Maria between 6th and 7th Streets and will seek a solution with the city in order to limit and calm traffic on Maria.The university will undertake additional study of the traffic conditions at the related intersections including:Pedestrian safety and access improvements on Maria;A traffic-control solution for Bates and East 7th Street;A traffic-control solution for Bates and East 6th Street.The neighborhood is pleased that the university is willing to locate the student center on 7th Street in order to add to the vitality of the avenue.The university will have continued conversations with the neighborhood and campus constituencies about the design of the student center.It is recognized that several variances and the re-zoning of three residential properties will be sought in order to accomplish this overall plan.It is understood that the construction schedule will create short term/temporary parking pressure in the area.Everyone will work to assist the university in its access to temporary parking during the construction period.Efforts will be made to encourage changing habits and long-term transit use during this time.In evaluating the need for additional surface parking, the university commits to minimize asphalt and maximize green space on the balance of the block.Everyone acknowledges that the overall budget for this construction program is limited. Continue Reading

Dayton’s Bluff residences featured in Minneapolis/St. Paul Home Tour, April 27-28, and Vacant Homes Tour, May 5

The annual Minneapolis and St. Paul Home Tour and Dayton’s Bluff Neighborhood Home Tour will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday, April 28, from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm. During the home tour, residents in both Minneapolis and St. Paul open their homes to the public to showcase city living.The Dayton’s Bluff homes on the tour include 758 East 5th Street, 231 Maria Avenue, 983 East 5th Street, 980 Euclid Street, 1215 Conway, 732 Margaret Street, and 282 Maple Street. Some of these homes are also highlighted on the Minneapolis and St. Continue Reading

“Once there were castles” book reading

Well known St. Paul author Larry Millett is coming to Dayton’s Bluff for a reading of his new book Once There Were Castles: Lost Mansions and Estates of the Twin Cities on Monday, November 14th at 6:30 pm at the Dayton’s Bluff Community Council meeting room at 798 East 7th Street. Once There Were Castles, is a wonderful look at many of the lost mansions and estates of the Twin Cities. Larry will be bringing Once There Were Castles books to sell and sign. It would make a great holiday gift. Continue Reading