The Shepard Davern area is located at the southern end of West Seventh Street in Saint Paul. Just over the river from the Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport, this area is a truly mixed-use district with high density housing, commercial buildings and industrial uses all within close proximity. The area is adjacent to the Mississippi River and Crosby Farms Park as well as the Highland bluffs as well, providing natural amenities for residents.
With these unique resources, the Shepard Davern area is important to the landscape of Saint Paul. In 1999, a small area plan was written for the area, and zoning overlay districts and a sign plan were put in place to help guide development. In 2005, the area was called out in the Highland District Plan as an important commercial district. The study examined existing tools and plans for the area, and put forward updates for the future of Shepard Davern.
As seen in the image above, the Shepard Davern study area starts at the west with the Highway 5-West Seventh Street Bridge, following Shepard Road east to Homer Street, north to West Seventh Street, west to Saint Paul Avenue, west to Edgcumbe Road.