City Councilmembers unanimously voted Wednesday to uphold a Board of Zoning
Appeals decision to allow the owners of Pizza Luce, a successful local
restaurant specializing in made-from-scratch pizza, to build a parking lot that
will alleviate congestion in the adjacent neighborhood.
Luce has become a staple inSaint Paul’s Lexington-Hamline neighborhood,
contributing to the vitality of our community. Working together with the
business owner, neighbors and City Council, we reached a comprehensive solution
to build a parking lot, pull cars off the street, and drive business for Pizza
Luce and vibrancy for our city,” Mayor Chris Coleman said.
Council voted to deny an appeal of the decision by the Board of Zoning Appeals
to approve two setback variances in order to build a new parking lot. By denying
the appeal, the Council upheld the original BZA variances, allowing Pizza Luce
to build the lot.
improved parking plan for Pizza Luce is the result of a thorough and responsive
engagement process between Pizza Luce and local residents. This is a good
example of what can be accomplished when residents and businesses work together
to find common ground,” Councilmember Melvin Carter said.
owners of Pizza Luce heard concerns from neighbors and worked with them and the
city to improve their parking plans, including adding a security camera to the
lot, making the lot available for various community events, providing tax
incentives for employees to use public transportation and installing signage and
other pedestrian safety features.
are excited to get to work building the parking lot and getting some of our
guests’ cars off of neighborhood streets. Working with our neighbors, we have
modified the parking lot design to take into account a variety of goals for our
business and our neighbors,” J.J. Haywood, co-owner of Pizza Luce,