The Metropolitan Council and Metro Transit, together with the City of Saint Paul and Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, have been working since 2012 to facilitate the redevelopment of two properties, totaling 14.7 acres near Snelling and University Avenues in Saint Paul.
Recent discussions with adjacent property owner, RK Midway LLC, about expanding the development site north to include an 18.8 acre, grocery-anchored shopping center and one-acre bank building provide a total redevelopment opportunity of 34.5 acres.
All four properties are adjacent to the new Green Line
which began operation in June 2014.
Using the Snelling Station Area Plan
as the basis, the parties engaged a real estate consultant team to develop recommendations on how the three parties can cooperate to pursue transit-oriented development on the entire 34.5 acres.
Snelling-Midway SmartSite TOD Development Strategy - Report of Findings and Recommendations
The report provides recommendations on elements for achieving high quality transit-oriented development on the site and makes suggestions on methods of phasing, financing, placement, character, and process to help align the site with projected market conditions and the City of Saint Paul's adopted Snelling Station Area Plan.
The three parties are now reviewing the consultant's recommendations to decide what next steps are appropriate to take. Community engagement and input will be key in the planning phases when specific redevelopment concepts are developed.
While full redevelopment will likely be phased over a period of years, the planning team will begin collecting broader community input. Questions to provide input will be posted on Open Saint Paul