Ward 6 Weekly Update 5/27/2022

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May 27, 2022

Design Direction Announced for Hayden Heights Library

Hayden Heights Library Design Direction

More than 3,500 community members have informed the vision to transform Hayden Heights, Hamline Midway, and Riverview libraries. Check out the design decision announcements at sppl.org/transforming-libraries!

Now that design directions have been established, the design process will continue throughout the summer as the plans for each library are refined to meet the needs of the community. From local artist-led Creative Encounters to community meetings and surveys, there will be several opportunities for people to engage and share their voice.

Sign up for the Transforming Libraries newsletter to hear about future opportunities, including the upcoming survey and Creative Encounter that will launch on June 11.

Met-Council Funding for Housing & Livable Wage Jobs


The City of Saint Paul pre-application period has opened for the Metropolitan Council’s Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) Development and Transit Oriented (TOD) Development programs.

  • Livable Communities Demonstration Account (LCDA) Development Grants - funding projects that create more housing choice through the creation or preservation of affordable housing, or introduction of new housing types. Projects create living wage jobs accessible to local workers are also competitive. Must mitigate climate change through sustainable site design and building practices. Must strive to achieve equitable development outcomes.
  • Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Grants - funding for moderate to higher-density development or redevelopment projects within easy walking distance of a major transit stop. Typically include a mix of land uses. Must include diverse uses and increase the concentration of amenities in compact transit station areas. 

Eligible costs: site acquisition, demolition, clearance, building rehabilitation (interior and exterior), new construction and related public infrastructure, energy efficiency. quality of life improvements.  Design processes that include public place-making, way finding, universal design elements and artist-led reflections are encouraged!

Pre-applications for both programs are due Wednesday, June 15, 2022Grant details here.

Questions? Contact Marilyn Rosendahl, Senior City Planner, (651) 266-6606 or Marilyn.Rosendahl@stpaul.gov

Hillcrest Public Hearing


The Saint Paul City Council had it's public hearing on the draft Hillcrest Master Plan this past Wednesday, May 25th. It was so encouraging to hear the words of support from those who came to speak! Listen to the meeting recording here. Details of the development can now begin. Please continue to participate in this process!

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2023 City Budget Feedback

2023 city budget

Share your input on the 2023 City Budget! There will be a series of 5 virtual community conversations this spring for community engagement to shape the 2023 city budget.  

Led by the Office of Financial Services in collaboration with the Mayor’s Office, these 5 virtual community conversations will be held on Microsoft Teams, will be free, and open to the public. Community members interested in participating can register here.  Upcoming dates below:    

  • Tuesday, May 24 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Thursday, June 2 – 6:30-7:30 p.m. 

  For more information, visit stpaul.gov/budget-events.

Mortgage Payment Assistance

MN Home Help

If you are behind on your mortgage or worried about foreclosure due to the pandemic, #HomeHelpMN may be able to help. Visit the MN Dept of Housing's website at HomeHelpMN.org to see if you’re eligible for assistance.

COVID Testing Options

at home COVID tests

The Biden administration is offering a third round of free at-home COVID tests! All households in the US can order their tests for free at www.covid.gov/tests.

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.

WaterFest, June 4 at Lake Phalen


Stop by Lake Phalen on June 4th from 11am - 4pm for a fun-filled day at WaterFest!

This free, family festival celebrating our clean lakes provides an opportunity for outdoor hands-on learning about clean water, wildlife, and land and water conservation. 

Enjoy the water with canoes, kayaks, paddleboats, and sailboat rides. Experience the water from land with fishing lessons and water games. Other activities include climbing walls, face painting, a Water Bar featuring water flights from our communities, performers, food trucks and lots more! Volunteers are also needed!

Discounted Backyard Compost Bins Available!

rain and compost barrels

Ramsey County and the Recycling Association of Minnesota have partnered to offer a second round of discounted compost bin sales with a pick-up in Maplewood on June 15. The compost bins are $76, plus tax. Ramsey County residents can get an additional $20 off.

Order online at RecycleMinnesota.org and enter promo code “Ramsey” to receive the discounted price or call 651-641-4589 and mention that you are a Ramsey County resident. Order here!

Year Round STAR Grants

Ward 6 STAR funding

Do you own a business or run a non-profit in St Paul's 6th Ward? Are you in need of funding for a time-sensitive building repair or improvement?

You may be eligible for a Year-Round STAR Grant from Ward 6. Please email our office at Ward6@stpaul.gov with information on your project and to receive an application.

Applications are subject to approval from the St Paul STAR Board and St Paul City Council. Funding is given as reimbursement for approved expenses, up to $15,000 per project per year. 

COVID Resources

free covid tests

COVID Community Coordinators (CCCs) are community-based organizations that connect Minnesota’s diverse communities to COVID testing, vaccination, and other resources. Coordinators help community members find and get critical resources to deal with health concerns, as well as employment, food access, housing, child care, and legal rights. Search for a COVID Community Coordinator that fits your needs.

These COVID-19 testing sites are free and open to everyone who believes they need to be tested, with or without symptoms. Additional testing locations are open throughout the state. 

All Minnesotans are eligible for their COVID-19 booster shot. Make your appointment.