Street View of Suburban Avenue

Locator Map for Suburban Avenue & Gold Line Focus Area, which centers on White Bear Avenue & I-94 intersection
The Gold Line focus area is centered at the heart of Saint Paul's East Side. In the shadow of today's 3M headquarters, neighborhoods of tidy bungalows begin to reflect the mid-century suburban development patterns in the suburbs beyond.  But in the next five years, the Gold Line bus rapid transit is poised to change land use in the heart of this area.

Slated to open in 2024, the Gold Line will bring a new stations and a dedicated transitway connecting downtown Saint Paul to the city's east side, as well as the suburbs of Maplewood, Oakdale, Woodbury, and points beyond. In tandem with the opening of the transitway, Saint Paul has adopted station area plans to guide more dense development patterns in the areas immediately surrounding stations. The White Bear Avenue station will be located near the heart of this focus area, just north of I-94, and is expected to help drive transformations in the land use and market conditions nearby.

To the south of I-94, the core commercial street in this part of Saint Paul is rather curiously named "Suburban Avenue", despite only running through the city. Here too, the introduction of the new transit service is likely to transform some of the aging low-density buildings that reflect the street's name, and transform them into a more transit-friendly model.


Area Assets

  • Just a few miles east of downtown Saint Paul, and under a mile from today's 3M headquarters campus, the future of this area will be substantially shaped by the Gold Line bus rapid transit project, due to open in 2024.  It also sits
  • In combination with the Sun Ray Shopping Center just to the east, Suburban Avenue has long been a hub for shopping for Saint Paul's east side and nearby suburbs.  Currently, it is home to Target, Aldi, Slumberland Outlet, Ha Tien Market, and Taqueria Los Ocampo, among other institutions.
  • The extensive 1,840 acre Battle Creek Regional Park connects with the southern portion of the focus area, which is a destination park that provides a wide range of throughout the year.  Conway Park and the heavily-used Sun Ray Library are just to the east of the focus area.
  • The area just north of I-94 has been continuing to evolve as a residential hub with some expanded density, including the recently-opened Summit Hill Senior Living, and underway Hudson Road Apartments.

    Image of the White Bear Avenue Gold Line Station Area Plan


AREA BY THE NUMBERS. 5,211 residents (2015). 2,167 jobs (2015), up 8% over previous decade. Top three job sectors (2015): 1. Health Care & Social Assistance; 2. Administration & Support; 3. Retail Trade. $55,518 median income (2015).


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Last Edited: April 7, 2019