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September 3, 2021

Honoring Chuck Repke

Chuck Repke

This week, St Paul City Council passed a resolution honoring the life and public service of Charles (Chuck) Repke, Jr. who passed recently, after a lifetime (nearly 50 years) of serving our city. Chuck held many titles--not the least of which include neighborhood activist, District Council Board President, Planning Commissioner, Ward 2 City Council Legislative Aide, City Charter Commissioner, Lobbyist, District Council Executive Director and Community Development Corporation Executive Director. The projects Dave and Chuck worked on over the years reflected their unwavering commitment to quality of life of all Saint Paul residents, most notably the re-instatement of a meaningful human rights ordinance covering LGBT people, housing redevelopment and construction benefiting the owners and renters in long-neglected areas of Ward 2, bringing the Minnesota Wild to Saint Paul and passing ordinances regulating and eliminating nuisance businesses from the our neighborhoods

Chuck made a big impact on the East Side of Saint Paul, guiding, shaping and bringing to fruition a wide variety of projects such as the Cub Foods at Phalen Village--the very first LEED Gold grocery store and catalyst for the full development of Phalen Village with its bank, 2 grocery stores, a drug store, medical clinics, restaurants and other businesses, and bringing numerous housing developments serving all income levels to our neighborhood. 

St Paul City Council remembers, salutes and humbly thanks Chuck Repke, for his 5 decades of service to the people of Saint Paul and declare Wednesday, September 1, 2021 "Chuck Repke Day" in the City of Saint Paul.

Read the full resolution honoring the life and service of Chuck Repke here

St Paul Eliminates Parking Minimums for New Developments

Parking sign

Did you know, about 36% of Saint Paul’s land is dedicated to moving and storing vehicles? This is partly to do with the City’s former parking minimums, which were last updated almost a decade ago and are out of date with land use best practices, demand for parking, and policies in the 2040 Comprehensive Plan. These minimums were eliminated last week by St Paul City Council. Here's some answers to commonly asked questions: 

When does the elimination of parking minimums go into effect? 
This goes into effect on September 24, 2021. This is 30 days from the date on which it was approved by City Council.

What were the previously existing minimum parking space requirements based on? 
Parking was determined differently depending on the use of the property, but could be based on square footage, number or employees, number of residents, or other factors.  For example: it was required for museums and public libraries to have 1 parking space for every 500 ft2. Car washes were required to have 1 space for every employee. Dormitories were required to have 1 space per every 3 residents. Golf courses were required to have 4 spaces for every hole. Hospitals were required to have 1 space for every 2 beds. You can read the full table of requirements here (see the published Final Parking Memo document, starting at page 48). 

What problems were caused by the old minimum requirements? 
With the previous requirements, businesses that wanted to expand (in physical size or employee/patron capacity) had to build more parking spaces on their property to meet the required minimum even if their property already had many more spaces than were used. This lead to parking being built when it wasn't needed, and it prevented businesses from growing (in physical size, people served, number of staff).  It also created a barrier to building affordable housing, as parking spaces are ultimately paid for through cost of rent, whether the tenants utilize the parking spaces or not. 

Would homeowners be able to exclude renters from permit-only street parking if street parking becomes tight? 
Homeowners cannot say “no” to renters parking on the street.  The City still has a process for creating permit parking districts, and these districts cannot exclude renters, they can only exclude people who don’t live on the blocks in question. 

Could new parking minimum requirements be created in the future if problems arise? 
In short, yes. It is possible that new minimum parking requirements could be proposed in the future depending on whether and what problems arise. These requirements could be city-wide, or they could be specific to a neighborhoods or corridor based on specific needs. 

How can I read the full St Paul Parking Study that led to these changes?
Visit stpaul.gov/parkingstudy for full information. You can also email ParkingStudy@stpaul.gov with specific questions if you prefer.

Interested in reading the full resolution?
Check it out here: https://stpaul.legistar.com

How to Get Tested for COVID-19

covid swab

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) announced two new semi-permanent COVID-19 community testing sites in Saint Paul and Bloomington.

The Saint Paul testing site is located in Roy Wilkins Auditorium, 175 West Kellogg Blvd. Testing at the Saint Paul site will occur Monday – Thursday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The Bloomington testing site is located at 9930 Logan Ave. S (former DMV). Testing at the Bloomington site will occur Monday – Friday, from 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Testing is free at all of the state's community testing sites. Appointments can be made through the Vault Health registration site. Walk-ins are also accepted.

You can also order a test through the state’s no-cost at-home COVID-19 testing program.

Find a testing option near you through the state’s Find Testing Locations map. Walk-in or schedule an appointment for a test at one of the state’s no-cost community testing sites across Minnesota.

COVID-19 Vaccinations

Vaccines for MN

Free Child Care for Those Getting COVID-19 Vaccines

Four childcare providers- Bright Horizons, KinderCare, Learning Care Group, and the YMCA - are continuing to provide free drop in child care for parents and caregivers getting vaccinated through Labor Day (September 6).

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has shareable flyers to promote the free child care service in English and Español/Spanish.

Get vaccinated at the YMCA

St. Paul Eastside (875 Arcade St., St. Paul, MN 55106)

  • September 20 — 4:00pm - 7:00pm

St. Paul Midway (1761 University Ave W. St. Paul, MN 55104)

  • September 22 — 4:00pm - 7:00pm 

Coon Rapids (8950 Springbrook Dr. Coon Rapids, MN 55433)

  • September 8 — 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • September 29 — 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Andover (15200 Hanson Blvd. NW Andover, MN 55304)

  • September 16 — 4:00pm - 7:00pm
  • October 7 — 4:00pm - 7:00pm

Ridgedale (12301 Ridgedale Dr., Minnetonka, MN  55305) - Mobile Bus

  • September 13 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 4 — 4:00-7:00pm

Shoreview (3760 Lexington Ave, Shoreview, MN  55126)    

  • September 13 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 4 — 4:00-7:00pm

White Bear Area (2100 Orchard Lane, White Bear Lake, MN  55110)          

  • September 13 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 4 — 4:00-7:00pm

New Hope (7601 42nd Ave, New Hope, MN  55427) - Mobile Bus   

  • September 14 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 5 — 4:00-7:00pm

West St. Paul (1426 E. Mendota Rd, Inver Grove Heights, MN  55077)       

  • September 14 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 5 — 4:00-7:00pm

Forest Lake (19845 Forest Rd N., Forest Lake, MN  55025)

  • September 15 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 6 — 4:00-7:00pm

Eagan (550 Opperman Dr., Eagan, MN  55123)        

  • September 16 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 7 — 4:00-7:00pm

Rochester (709 1st Ave. SW Rochester, MN  55902)

  • September 20 — 5:00-7:30pm
  • October 11 — 5:00-7:30pm

Teen Tech Center (21 4th St. E., St. Paul MN, 55101) - Mobile Bus

  • September 21 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 12 — 4:00-7:00pm

North Community (1711 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411) - Mobile Bus

  • September 27 — 4:00-7:00pm
  • October 18 — 4:00-7:00pm

The YMCA vaccine clinics will not require any form of personal identification or medical insurance. Language interpretation, American Sign Language (ASL) and ADA accommodations will be available onsite.

Get vaccinated at the Minneapolis-St Paul Airport
Community vaccination sites at MSP Terminal 2 (open to general public) and MSP Terminal 1 (terminal access required) are administering the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine through Sept. 21. Get your shot at Terminal 2 and enter for a chance to win a $200 travel voucher through Sun Country Airlines

Contact Us

Email: ward6@stpaul.gov

Phone: 651-266-8660

Facebook: NelsieYangWard6

Twitter: @NelsieYangCM

Meet & Greet phone call appointments are available on Thursdays.  Register online at stpaul.gov/ward6.

Yarn Garden on the White Bear Ave Bridge

Yarn Garden

TOMORROW -- The Greater East Side Community Council (District 2) will be installing a yarn garden on the White Bear Ave Bridge on Saturday, September 4th. They will be meeting at Hazel Park School at 1140 White Bear Ave at 9:30 am that morning. The more hands, the quicker the work. Masks and snacks will be provided. It's not too late to sign up!

For more information contact Lisa at the Greater East Side Community Council at 651-774-2220 or email d2lisa@outlook.com.

Parks & Rec Fall Activities

two children on a swing

Fall activity registration for St Paul Parks & Rec is now opened! Find in-person, virtual, and self-led options. Visit stpaul.gov/FallFun to browse upcoming activities and events.