Possibilities: City leaders unveil potential for future of St. Paul


Possibilities. That's what St. Paul city leaders stressed as they unveiled drawings of what they hope the city's future could look like.

St. Paul has built a strong foundation for future development, especially with the light-rail line that will open June 14, so city leaders are hoping their plan for redevelopment will spark interest in the area, the Pioneer Press.

On Friday, Mayor Chris Coleman and other city leaders presented concept drawings for redevelopment possibilities. The plan, which came from a task force Coleman announced last year, envisions mixed-use developments that include residential, office, retail and entertainment spaces, the Star Tribune says.

City leaders admit some of their ideas won't be completed, but its a starting point. The 32-page report, "Prosper: Momentum is Building" has illustrations by St. Paul's BWBR Architects on how each site might look – which is far different than past concepts, the Pioneer Press says.

So what does it look like? Here are some of the possibilities suggested:

7 Corners Gateway: The conceptual plan looks at the possibility of putting a 650-room hotel, ballroom/event space, commercial/retail and courtyard/public space in the area across from the Xcel Center on W. 7th Street.

RCGC West: The plan shows the possibility of putting a 400-room hotel, commercial/retail pace, a 300-unit housing tower, and a 150-unit housing "bluff" along the Mississippi River bluff on Kellogg Boulevard.

The former Macy's site and the Grace-Wabasha Court site: The plan looks at adding retail/entertainment space, an 80-room boutique hotel, 230-condo housing tower and office space – eliminating the fortress-like style building that currently sits there, KARE 11 says.

Central Station on 5th and Minnesota Streets: The plan looks at adding office space, commercial retail space, 250-unit housing complex and other amenity spaces to the area.

For now, these are just ideas. But the city's Planning and Redevelopment Authority department will be soliciting requests from developers this year, WCCO says. The city or county entities own all the buildings outlined in the plan, KARE 11 says.

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