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Snelling Site Redevelopment Opportunity
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The Metropolitan Council and Metro Transit, together with the City of Saint Paul and Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation, have been working since 2012 to facilitate the redevelopment of two properties, totaling 14.7 acres near Snelling and University Avenues in Saint Paul.

Recent discussions with adjacent property owner, RK Midway LLC, about expanding the development site north to include an 18.8 acre, grocery-anchored shopping center and one-acre bank building provide a total redevelopment opportunity of 34.5 acres.

All four properties are adjacent to the new Green Line Light Rail Transit (LRT), which will start operations in June 2014.

Using the Snelling Station Area Plan as the basis, the parties have engaged a real estate consultant team to develop recommendations that will help the three parties to cooperatively pursue transit-oriented development on the entire 34.5 acres. The recommendations will suggest phasing, financing, placement, character, and process for intensifying uses on the site that are consistent with projected market conditions and the City of Saint Paul's adopted Snelling Station Area Plan.

When the consultant's work is done in May 2014, each party will decide on next steps to facilitate coordinated redevelopment including: Metropolitan Council (sale of land); City of Saint Paul (regulatory, public investments); and RK Midway LLC (redevelopment proposal). Community engagement and input will be key in the planning phases when specific redevelopment concepts by a new owner are presented.

While full redevelopment will likely be phased over a period of years, the planning team will begin collecting broader community input. Look for questions to provide your input on Open Saint Paul in April/May 2014.

Site Highlights
  • 34.5 acre area bounded by University Ave., Snelling Ave., I-94, and Pascal St. It includes the Midway Shopping Center, and 15 acres of vacant property to the south.
  • Metropolitan Council/Metro Transit owns 10 acres at the northeast corner of Snelling & I-94. RK Midway LLC owns the remaining property on the Snelling Site.
  • The City of Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority has an option to purchase the vacant 5 acres east of the Metropolitan Council property and owns several access easements on this property.
  • Current Businesses: 41
  • Parking Spaces: approximately 1,587 spaces (1,257 marked)
  • Current Average Daily Traffic Volumes: Snelling = 35,000; University = 24,000
  • Projected LRT Ridership: 2,900 boardings at the Snelling Station and 41,000 daily Green Line riders (by 2030)
  • Floor Area Ratio (FAR): 0.32 for existing development, 1.0 required for new development
  • Population (approximate travel times):
    • Within .5 mile = 3,712 (20 minute walk)
    • Within 1 mile = 23,132 (10 minute bike ride)
    • Within 2 miles = 79,539 (10 minute bus/LRT ride)
    • Within 5 miles = 393,696 (15 minute drive)

Redevelopment Goals

The three parties (Metropolitan Council, City of Saint Paul and RK Midway LLC) have agreed that redevelopment, when completed, should substantially achieve the following goals: 

  • Provide a model for transit-oriented development in the region
  • Achieve the Snelling Station Area Plan goal of creating a mixed-use urban village
  • Increase the city's jobs and tax base
  • Demonstrate a high level of urban design with new public spaces and streets
  • Encourage further intensification of the surrounding area
  • Increase transit use and minimize traffic congestion
  • Have the support of the community
  • Recognize the value of income-producing buildings currently on the site
  • Meet each party's financial objectives
  • Leverage local cultural assets and surrounding amenities

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