St. Paul seeks development ideas for Seven Corners site in front of the X
Saint Paul Pioneer Press (MN), 2014-07-15
July 15 --Retailers, apartments and some form of entertainment could draw some activity to the underused plot of land in front of the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul . That, at least, is the hope of St. Paul city officials, who have issued a request for proposals seeking developers for the 2.38-acre site.
The city's Housing and Redevelopment Authority hopes to turn the Seven Corners Gateway into a link to both downtown proper and the West Seventh Street commercial corridor.
A statement from the city's Planning and Economic Development Department notes that the site is "positioned for views of the downtown skyline, the Mississippi River bluffs and the State Capitol.
It's also in close proximity to the Smith Avenue Transit Center, 23 bus routes and the new Green Line light-rail corridor.
Department staff will make a recommendation to the HRA Board, which is composed of members of the city council, who will select an applicant to receive tentative developer status.
According to the department, the city is looking for "a high-density, mixed-use site with vibrant first-floor uses for a thriving street level and entertainment district." Proposals are due Aug. 29 .
New transit options are likely. The city council last week agreed to study a potential streetcar route along Seventh Street from Arcade Street to Randolph Avenue . Ramsey County plans to take the lead with a $1.5 million study of transit options for the Riverview Corridor, which could connect downtown St. Paul to the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport . In addition, Metro Transit already plans to launch the B Line, a Bus Rapid Transit project, along West Seventh to the airport in late 2016.
Frederick Melo can be reached at 651-228-2172. Follow him at twitter.com/FrederickMelo .
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For more information on the Seven Corners proposal, go online to stpaul.gov/7cornersgateway .
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