652-658 Sherburne Avenue

The Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is soliciting offers for the purchase and redevelopment of 652-658 Sherburne Avenue. The site is 16,000 square feet and located in the Thomas-Dale (Frogtown) neighborhood. It contains a currently occupied 12,228 square foot multi-family residential building and 8,000 square feet of vacant space. Nearby amenities include the Green Line light-rail transit route, public parks, and University Avenue, one of the most vibrant cultural and commercial corridors in Saint Paul.

The neighborhood envisions the site's multi-family residential building will continue to be affordable after redevelopment and have a strong interest in the concept of community ownership (see Attachment H: Frogtown Neighborhood Small Area Plan).

Site tours are by appointment only Monday, September 21, 2020 – Friday, September 25, 2020, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., CDT. To schedule, contact Dionne Alkamooneh, Project Manager, at least 48 hours in advance at (651) 266-6707 or dionne.alkamooneh@ci.stpaul.mn.us.

Questions may be submitted to Dionne Alkamooneh, Project Manager at dionne.alkamooneh@ci.stpaul.mn.us until Wednesday, October 14, 2020, at 3 p.m. CDT. All questions and answers will be published on Friday, October 30, 2020.

This solicitation is released on Friday, September 4, 2020. Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. CDT on Friday, November 20, 2020.

Request for Proposal (includes attachments)

Site Information

  • Site Size: 160 Feet (W) X 100 Feet (L), Total Area of 16,000 Square Feet (0.36 Acres)
    • Building Size: 12,228 Square Feet
      • Building current use: Partially occupied. Three of eight units are currently leased.
      • Building historic status: Evaluated in 2018; recommended to be eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places
    • Vacant Land Size: 80 Feet (W) X 96 Feet (L), Total Area of 8,000 Square Feet (.18 Acres)

Submission Process

Proposals must be received by 3 p.m. CDT on Friday, November 20, 2020. A complete proposal will include:

  • Proposal overview form (Attachment J)
  • Identification of properties the developer proposes to purchase and develop (see Attachment A: Map of Area and Properties)
    • Proposals for the development of the entire site is encouraged, but not required.
  • Proposal narrative including: 
    • Description of the value that the developer’s proposed redevelopment project will create and/or maintain for property residents, neighborhood residents, and City of Saint Paul 
    • Explanation of the developer’s interest in the property
  • Conceptual site plan including a visual depiction of the interior and exterior design of the project
  • Purchase price offer
  • Development timeline
    • Proposals should include a plan to have 51% or more units occupied by residents at 80% or less of the Area Median Income for the Minneapolis-Saint Paul-Bloomington Metropolitan Statistical Area before 2022.
  • Preliminary sources and uses budget including total development cost
  • Experience and qualifications of developer including development team resumes
  • Explanation of any requested contingencies

Completed proposals can be sent by email to:

or by mail to:

  • Dionne Alkamooneh/Dan Bayers
    Planning and Economic Development
    25 West Fourth Street #1100
    Saint Paul, MN 55102

Evaluation Process

Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development staff will begin reviewing offers on Friday, November 20, 2020, but may continue to have the property listed for additional time.

Staff will evaluate proposals by the following criteria:

  • Affordability of units for rent or purchase after redevelopment
  • Expediency of project timeline
  • Purchase price offer amount
  • Amount of HRA subsidy requested
  • Experience, qualifications, and capacity of developer
  • Compatibility with Frogtown Neighborhood Association Small Area Plan (Attachment H) and Dale Street Station Area Plan (Attachment I)
  • Inclusion of units designed to serve larger families, including multi-generational families
  • Plans for:

Upon review of proposals, staff may forward a recommendation to the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) Board of Commissioners to award tentative developer status to a specific proposer. The HRA is under no obligation to sell the property and reserves the right to reject any and all offers to purchase.


Request for Proposal (includes attachments)