The City of Saint Paul is in the process of conducting an environmental review for the proposed redevelopment of the Hillcrest site and the 30-day public comment period will open on Tuesday, July 5. 

As the Responsible Governmental Unit (RGU), the City of Saint Paul is noticing the availability of the Draft Alternative Urban Areawide Review (AUAR) and its appendices for the Hillcrest redevelopment site (Draft Hillcrest AUAR). An AUAR is a planning tool for local governments to collect and analyze information to understand how different development scenarios will affect the environment of a community before development occurs. The State of Minnesota requires environmental reviews on proposed developments of a certain size and scale. 

Comments will be accepted on the Hillcrest Draft AUAR and its appendices from Tuesday, July 5 and Thursday, August 4, 2022.

About the Hillcrest Draft AUAR

The AUAR study area encompasses the 112-acre former Hillcrest Golf Course in northeastern Saint Paul. The property is located south of Larpenteur Avenue, west of McKnight Road, north of Ivy Avenue and east of Winthrop Street. 

Three development scenarios are proposed for study in the draft AUAR, all of which are consistent with the Hillcrest Master Plan that was approved by the City Council on June 1, 2022

  • The Comprehensive Plan scenario includes 708,000 square feet of light industrial and 960 units of multi-family residential housing;

  • The Master Plan scenario includes 840,000 square feet of light industrial and 960 units of multi-family residential housing; and

  • The Master Plan Max Intensity scenario includes 1,000,000 square feet of light industrial housing and 2,615 units of multi-family residential housing.

Each development scenario also includes public infrastructure including but not limited to roadways, pedestrian facilities, stormwater features and green space. The City of Saint Paul zoning allows for first floor commercial along with residential. The commercial component of the mixed use in this area is small with no discernable impact as compared to the underlying residential use that is contemplated in all three scenarios. However, it should be noted that a commercial component could be part of each scenario.

Public comments accepted through August 4, 2022

Pursuant to Minnesota Rules 4410.3610, Subpart 5, Item B, public comments may address:

  • the accuracy and completeness of the information provided in the draft analysis and draft mitigation plan;

  • potential impacts that warrant further analysis;

  • further information that may be required in order to secure permits for specific projects in the future;

  • mitigation measures or procedures necessary to prevent significant environmental impacts within the area when actual development occurs; and

  • the need to analyze additional development scenarios as required by this part.

The City of Saint Paul is hosting a public open house during the comment period:

   Monday, July 18, 2022
   6:00 – 8:00 p.m. (presentation at 6:30 p.m.)
   Hazel Park Preparatory Academy
   1140 White Bear Avenue
   Saint Paul, MN 55106

Comments are welcome via the online comment form or by email to bill.dermody@ci.stpaul.mn.us between Tuesday, July 5 and Thursday, August 4, 2022.

The public may also send feedback via mail to:

   Bill Dermody
   City Planner
   Department of Planning and Economic Development
   25 W 4th Street, Suite 1400
   Saint Paul, MN 55102

Last Edited: July 1, 2022