February 13, 2020

Peter Leggett

SAINT PAUL, MN - Today, Mayor Melvin Carter announced the 2020 call for project ideas for the City’s Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) process. This year, community members are encouraged to submit ideas that focus on designing Saint Paul for safety by incorporating a concept called Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED).

“Designing our city for safety starts with ideas and input from our community,” said Mayor Carter. “I encourage everyone to get involved in shaping our 2020 capital investments by submitting their project idea today.”

Starting today, community members can learn about the Capital Improvement Budget process, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, and submit their capital project ideas at

Free information sessions open to the public about the 2020 CIB process will be held at these times:

Wednesday, February 19th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Hayden Heights Library
1456 White Bear Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55106

Tuesday, February 25th
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Rice Street Library
1011 Rice Street
Saint Paul, MN 55117

Project ideas will be accepted through Thursday, March 4, 2020. The City’s Capital Improvement Budget Committee will review ideas and make a funding recommendation by June 30 for consideration as part of the Mayor's budget proposal.

About the 2020 Capital Improvement Budget Process
The Capital Improvement Budget (CIB) funds the construction and maintenance of City infrastructure such as streets, bridges, libraries, parks, recreation centers, and other public facilities. Recommendations for the CIB budget are made by the Capital Improvement Budget Committee and approved annually by the Mayor and City Council.

Starting with this year’s 2020 CIB Budget, as part of the Community-First Public Safety Plan, $1 million has been allocated toward CIB projects that incorporate Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design.

About Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design
Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design (CPTED) is an approach to public safety that focuses on designing buildings and public spaces to help discourage criminal activity. CPTED aims to make public spaces more visible, create natural ways to safely access outdoor spaces and buildings, create natural separation between public and private spaces, and make public spaces more welcoming and accessible for all users.

More information about the 2020 Capital Improvement Budget Process, Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design, and information on how to submit project ideas is available at



Last Edited: February 13, 2020