Neighbors quiet as Sholom Home project progresses

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Neighborhood concerns about plans for a 170-unit assisted-living complex on the site of the former Sholom Home East in St. Paul appear to be abating.

Fewer than a half-dozen residents showed up for a  July 19 community discussion at the Historic Streetcar Station, which was sponsored by the District 10 Como Community Council. This, after neighborhood notices were placed for three blocks in each direction from the site at 1554 Midway Parkway, said John Knox, chairman of the community council. “I really think [the buyers] did a good job of keeping people informed,” Knox said.

The building, a familiar one to State Fair-goers who pass it en route, was purchased in June by Traditions LLP Land LCC.

At one time a drug rehabilitation facility was proposed for the site. Fears of parking problems have also been addressed, Knox said.

The building, which offers about 118,000 square feet of space in all, had been unused for more than a year, he said.

The Sholom Alliance sold the Sholom East site building on June 6 to Traditions SP Land, LLC, which plans to establish a 170-unit senior housing facility at the location.

About 19 units will provide specialized memory and dementia care, while the other units will be devoted to assisted living services, Knox said.

Issuance of a demolition permit from the city is likely the next and possibly final hurdle to beginning work on the project, Knox said. Work could begin within a month and a half, he said.

The city Planning Commission approved a conditional-use permit in July. You can find out more at www.district10comopark.org or by calling the District 10 Community Council Office, 651-644-3889.

Harvey Rockwood is a Twin Cities freelance writer.