Rezoning Plan Moves Forward in St. Paul

A plan that would change zoning along a key stretch of Marshall Avenue in St. Paul has been called both an upzoning and a downzoning. It's got a little bit of both.
September 21, 2018, 1pm PDT | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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Marshall Avenue where it intersects with Cretin Avenue in St. Paul, Minnesota.

"Over the past year, the city of St. Paul has studied possible zoning changes along 22 blocks — a two-mile stretch — of Marshall between Mississippi River Boulevard and Hamline Avenue, which could someday be connected by a possible bus rapid transit route," reports Frederick Melo.

"The proposed changes would allow more housing density than is currently permissible along several key intersections, including stretches of Marshall south of the Town & Country Club and east of Snelling Avenue," adds Melo. "It would also allow much less density than currently permitted within many residential blocks that are dotted by century-old houses but, to the surprise of many homeowners, were found to have been zoned for decades for five-story buildings."

The plan recently passed, by a close vote, through the planning commission. The City Council will vote on the project on September 26. Melo provides more details of the plan, and the political debate surrounding the plan, in the article.

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Published on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 in Pioneer Press
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