The City of Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) today released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for the purchase and redevelopment of a vacant parcel at 1170 Arcade Street. Offers are due by 4 p.m. CST on Friday, February 3, 2023.

“1170 Arcade Street is in a business corridor that is an important destination for housing, food, social services and transit,” said Councilmember Nelsie Yang. “I am excited for our community in the East Side of Saint Paul to gain development that contributes toward that success and builds toward sustainability, connectivity and prosperity for our neighbors and businesses along Arcade Street.”

The .22-acre corner site is one block south of Maryland Avenue and four blocks east of Payne Avenue and is served by multiple transit routes. Arcade Street will be undergoing MnDOT improvements beginning in Fall of 2024, including resurfacing the street, repairing sidewalks, updating curbs and driveways, improving pedestrian lighting, improving traffic signals and updating bus stops. The site has nearby access to parks and natural amenities, including Lake Phalen and Phalen Regional Park.

The HRA is seeking proposals that align with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the Payne-Phalen District Plan and the Arcade Street Small Area Plan.

The 2040 Comprehensive Plan supports higher density development to take advantage of nearby commercial and residential development, as well as the transit and amenities in the area. The neighborhood vision for the area is for a mix of uses, including community-oriented development in a variety of land uses such as destination commercial, office, light industry and multi-family housing.

“The Payne-Phalen Community Council supports development opportunities that highlight the walkability of this site, especially because of its proximity to existing and planned high-frequency transit,” said Jack Byers, Executive Director of the Payne-Phalen District Five Planning Council. “We are also excited to see infill development on this site and other sites on the Arcade Street corridor.”

The full Request for Proposals, in addition to more information about the property, timeline, requirements and contact information can be found at

Proposals are due by 4 p.m. CST on February 3, 2023.

Last Edited: November 21, 2022