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In August 2010, Mayor Chris Coleman launched Rebuild Saint Paul, a $15 million initiative that will leverage more than $100 million in investment and create more than 3,000 new jobs in Saint Paul.

Rebuild Saint Paul combines bonding, city, state and federal funds, and private partnerships to get projects off the pages of planning books and into the ground. The initiative takes advantage of more than $1 billion in infrastructure investment and a variety of the city’s tools to aggressively invest in development that creates jobs and vitalizes every corner of our city.


Below is information on the projected funded through Rebuild Saint Paul.


Rebuild Saint Paul Projects
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Lofts at Farmers Market – SW corner of Fifth Street & Wall Street
A new construction development that created 58 units of market rate housing and 2,000 square feet of retail space on a previously vacant site in downtown Saint Paul. The project accomplished American Recovery and Reinvestment Act goals and stimulate investment in the downtown property tax base, further strengthening the economic vitality of Saint Paul.

- Total development costs: $13.2 million
- Total public investment: $3 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 75
- Estimated permanent jobs: 10
- Financing: Build America Bonds and Traditional Tax Increment Financing

Lofts at Farmers Market opened in February 2012 and a restaurant is working on finalizing a lease for the commercial space.


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The Penfield – Tenth, Eleventh, Robert and Minnesota Streets
The Penfield is a new construction development that will include a 28,500 square foot Lunds full service grocery store and 254 market rate apartments in downtown Saint Paul. The building will be six stories high and contain 329 parking spaces.
 

- Estimated total development costs: $62 million
- Estimated total public investment: $19 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 200
- Estimated permanent jobs: 75
- Financing: HRA Financing, Tax Increment Financing, and Metropolitan Council Metropolitan Livable Communities Fund, Ramsey County Environmental Response Fund, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development Redevelopment and Contamination Clean-up grant

The Penfield will be completed by December 2013 and the Lunds grocery store will open in spring 2014.

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J&J Distributing - 653 Rice Street
This project consisted of a 20,000 square foot expansion that included a state-of-the-art curting room that prepares vegetables for grocery stores. A new lettuce processing maching was custom built for J & J from a company in Italy. A greenhouse was also construction where J & J will be growing 350,000 pounds of tomatoes annually. All projects are now complete.

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Estimated total development costs: $8.5 million
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Estimated total public investment: $1.5 million
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Estimated construction jobs: 130
- Estimated permanent jobs: 150
- Financing: Jobs Bill TIF

J & J Distributing was a finalist in 2013 in the Job Creation category a competition sponsored by the National Development Council.


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Frogtown Square – NE Corner of Dale Street and University Avenue
New construction of a mixed-use project involving 11,700 square feet of neighborhood based commercial space facing University Avenue in front of a light rail station. Three floors of affordable senior rental units (50) will be constructed above the commercial space with community rooms and a rental office located on the first floor. Underground parking will serve the housing and surface parking in the rear will serve the businesses. 

- Estimated total development costs: $13.6 million
- Estimated total public investment (Jobs Bill TIF): $1.67 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 120
- Estimated permanent, new jobs: 35
- Financing: Jobs Bill TIF, CDBG, HUD, US Dept. of Health and Human Services grant, STAR, Metropolitan Council, MN DEED, Ramsey County and private financing

This project is complete.


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Cossetta’s Alimentari - 211 Seventh Street West
This new construction will create a one of a kind premier Midwest destination for Italian food. The project consists of a three level structure that will connect to the existing Cossetta’s restaurant using a portion of the existing parking lot. A new parking lot will be constructed on property owned by Cossetta’s at 212 Smith Street. The restaurant and food emporium expansion will include a bakery, meat market, take out meals and gelato.

- Total development cost: $12.5 million
- Total public investment: $2 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 112
- Estimated permanent jobs: 100
- Financing: Jobs Bill TIF

Construction was complete in early 2013.


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West Side Flats Apartments – Wabasha and Fillmore Streets
New construction of 170 units with 20% of the units affordable affordable at 50% of median income with 6,185 square feet of restaurant and retail/office space.

- Estimated total development costs: $35.4 million
- Estimated total public investment: $10.1 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 100
- Estimated permanent jobs: 22
- Financing: TIF, Metropolitan Council Metropolitan Livable Communities Fund and Tax Base Revitalization Account Program, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development Redevelopment Grant Program, HRA Home Loan, Minnesota Housing Loan

West Side Flats will be opening in spring 2014.

Hamm’s Brewery - 681 Minnehaha Avenue East
Three new businesses will be opening at the former Hamm's Brewery site on the east side of Saint Paul. Urban Organics is occupying one building and they will be producing fish and leafy greens. Flat Earth Brewery is relocating and expanding from their current location on West Seventh Street. 11 Wells, a new microdistillery, will be opening in one of the buildings.

The City continues to work with interested businesses looking for space at Hamm's.

- Estimated total development costs: TBD
- Estimated total public investment: $500,000
- Estimated construction jobs: TBD
- Estimated permanent jobs: TBD
- Financing: Traditional TIF/Seeking Alternative Financing

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Schmidt Brewery – 882 Seventh Street West
This development will create a vibrant, mixed-use urban village that will preserve and adapt vacant and historic brewery buildings for reuse as affordable housing for artists (260 units), create 13 new construction townhomes, commercial, and retail space. Dominimum is the developer of the Bottle House and Brew House. Construction will be completed by mid-2014.  

The City also provided a loan to the Fort Road Federation to acquire the Rathskaller building on the property and provided funding to stabilize the structure.

- Estimated total development costs: $124 million
- Estimated total public investment: $11 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 300
- Estimated permanent jobs: 30
- Financing: Traditional TIF, Tax Credits, Bonds, Ramsey County, CDBG, Met Council, Minnesota Department of Employment & Economic Development

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Central Corridor Light Rail Transit and Streetscape Improvements
In conjunction with LRT construction and design, the City is locally funding betterments along the Central Corridor. Examples of streetscape betterments planned along the Central Corridor include upgraded street lights and overhead contact system poles, enhanced sidewalk treatments, boulevard pavers, and additional trees.

- Estimated total LRT project development costs: $970 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 800
- Financing: Federal/State/Local

The Central Corridor (Green Line) LRT will be opening in spring 2014 and the streetscape improvements have been completed.

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Lafayette Bridge
Replacement of the Lafayette Bridge will begin in 2011. The project will replace the existing bridge with two new bridges, one for northbound traffic and one for southbound traffic. The project will also construct a new bridge deck for the Hwy 52 bridge spanning Plato Boulevard, improve roadway connections to local streets and I-94 at the north end of the new bridges, and provide a pedestrian and bicycle crossing over the river.

- Estimated total development costs: $200 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 300
- Financing: Federal/State/Local

Completion expected for the end of 2015. For more information visit: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/lafayettebridge/

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Cayuga Bridge
The Cayuga Project is located on I-35E between University Avenue and Maryland Avenue in Saint Paul. The project scope calls for replacement of the Cayuga, Pennsylvania Avenue, and railroad bridges. A major change within the area will be the replacement of the existing Pennsylvania Avenue/I-35E interchange with a new interchange at Cayuga Street, which will help correct existing safety and operational issues and provide better freeway access for St. Paul’s Phalen Boulevard corridor. I-35E will be constructed along a new alignment and the roadway will also have a lane of capacity added in each direction along with improved roadway geometry. The Maryland Avenue bridge will also be reconstructed, although the Maryland Avenue bridge replacement is a separate project from the larger Cayuga project.

- Estimated total development costs: $174 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 150
- Financing: Federal/State/Local

Project began in spring 2013 and is expected to be completed by the end of 2015. For more information visit: http://www.dot.state.mn.us/metro/projects/35estpaul/cayuga.html

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Como Aquatic Center – Horton Avenue and Lexington Parkway
Plans for the area south of Horton Avenue and west of Lexington Parkway include demolition and removal of the existing pool and related structures and design and construction of a new state of the art aquatics facility with aquatics support facility, tennis courts, and realignment of Como Avenue. The support facility would offer a concession sales area to service the Como Woodland Outdoor Classroom and soccer complex in addition to the pool area. The project will also include new vehicular access to the site as well as new parking

- Estimated total development costs: $7.5 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 279
- Financing: City Build America Bonds

Construction is complete.

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Highland Park Aquatic Center – 1840 Edgcumbe Road
This project will involve demolition of the southwest wing of the existing pool complex. Renovations will include the north wing of the complex for house showers, bathrooms and changing facilities. Electrical and plumbing systems will be upgraded. A new ticket and concessions office, outdoor showers, and additional water play features will be added as well.

- Estimated total development costs: $2.2 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 31
- Financing: City Build America Bonds

Construction is complete.

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Payne Maryland Town Square – Payne and Maryland Avenues
The Payne Maryland Project is a public/private partnership being constructed in two phases. Phase one, currently under construction and scheduled to be completed in early 2014, will house both the Arlington Hills Library and the Arlington Recreation Center. Phase two, which will house the project’s private partners, is actively pursuing the funding necessary to begin construction on this phase of the project. When both phases are completed, the facility will encapsulate the programming needs of the Arlington Recreation Center, the Arlington Hills Library, Arlington Hills Lutheran Church, Bradshaw Celebration of Life Centers, and possibly other community service organizations in a new and exciting community center.

This new center will transform the surrounding neighborhood of Payne and Maryland Avenues into a vital hub of activity. The bold plan is expected to provide inspiration for investment in the community and support services for the region.  

- Estimated total development costs: $14 million
- Estimated construction jobs: 562
- Financing: City Build America Bonds

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