For information about the Public Safety Annex building exploration for potential reuse, click here or contact:
Andrew Hestness, City of Saint Paul, Department of Planning and Economic Development
From 2011-2012, City staff led a 15 member design advisory committee and developed a conceptual Master Plan for Pedro Park for the phased development of a new downtown park. Currently, the Department of Parks and Recreation is seeking funding options to construct the park.
Funding requests include CIB (Capital Improvement Budget) proposals for 2014-15 and 2016-17 cycles. In each proposal, Parks requested funding to build out phase I of the park (1/4 of the block) and to acquire land on a portion of the block. The funding requests were unsuccessful. Parks will pursue CIB funding for the next cycle of 2018-19. Until funding is secured, the park project is on hold.
Funds were secured by the Saint Paul Police Department in the 2016-17 Capital Improvement Budget to move the staff and facilities currently located in the Public Safety Annex on the site. However, improvements have to be made to the alternative location before the move can be made and the Annex vacated. At this point, that move is slated for early- to mid-2017.
On February 13, 2017 a meeting will be held to discuss the potential reuse of the Public Safety Annex building located adjacent to the Urban Flower Field. Park space in this area remains a top priority and decisions on the future use of the building will help shape what the plans for open space on this block will look like.
Community Meeting: Feb. 13, 2017 at Tin Whiskers Brewing located at 125 E 9th St. #127, from 5:00-6:00 pm.
A park in this area is called for in the Fitzgerald Park Precinct Plan, adopted by the Saint Paul City Council as part of the Comprehensive Plan in 2006. The Pedro family donated the property in the northeast corner of the park site for park use. Demolition of the Pedro building occurred in 2011. In 2014, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation together with Public Art Saint Paul, designed a Temporary Art Installation called “Urban Flower Field” to occupy the parcel located at the corner of Robert and 10th Streets.
A much needed permanent outdoor park and gathering space will be created at the site for this new neighborhood. Development of this space into urban green space will add value to all adjacent development and help create a sense of community in an area of downtown that has no near by outdoor gathering area. It will help spur other area development and become an important anchor to the well being of this new downtown community.
Pedro Park Temporary Art Installation Description
Saint Paul Parks and Recreation together with Public Art Saint Paul, designed a Temporary Art Installation called “Urban Flower Field”, within the vacant Pedro Park parcel located at the corner of Robert and 10th Streets.
The Temporary Art Installation Concept (Full Size) showcases the work of the City on a transitional park space and the scientific process of soil remediation. “Urban Flower Field” is a cross pollination between art, the civic process, community, and science.
Please reference the Public Art Saint Paul website for upcoming events and more information on the "Urban Flower Field" project.
2011-2012 Design Advisory Committee Information
Online Survey (January 17 - 31, 2012):
Postcard with link