The Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is soliciting offers for the purchase and redevelopment of 1570 White Bear Avenue, a 2.18-acre, vacant parcel on a major commercial corridor with good transit access in the Greater East Side area of Saint Paul (see Attachment A and Attachment C).
The site offers proximity and access to parks and natural amenities (including the Hayden Heights Recreation Center, the Hayden Heights Library and the Furness Parkway Trail), the commercial districts along White Bear Avenue and the upcoming development of the former Hillcrest Golf Course site, now known as “The Heights”, which proposes to bring 1,000 jobs, more than 1,000 housing units (including options affordable to low- and moderate-income households) and the development of new parkland to the neighborhood.
The Greater East Side (District 2) Community Council (see Attachment G for Neighborhood Profile) is eager to support redevelopment of this section of the White Bear Avenue. The neighborhood vision for the area is for a mix of uses, including housing for all ages, incomes, family types and household sizes. Commercial and mixed-use proposals will be considered, with a priority for offers that include affordable housing, multiple bedroom units, an active, ground-floor use, job creation, elements that promote environmental sustainability and space for community use. A plan for development of the full parcel is highly encouraged.
The 2040 Comprehensive Plan supports higher density development in the area to take advantage of proximity to nearby commercial and residential development, as well as the transit and amenities found along and near the White Bear Avenue corridor. The City may be amenable to rezoning the site depending on the merits of the project proposal and consistency with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. Project massing, height, scale, and design must transition appropriately to surrounding development. The Greater East Side District and White Bear Avenue Small Area Plans are included as Attachment F.