Ward 6 Weekly Update 6/10/2022

Ward 6 Weekly Update banner

June 10, 2022

Next Steps at the Hillcrest Site

The Heights

What's next now that the Hillcrest Master Plan has been adopted?

Community Engagement Workgroups will collaborate with the Port Authority to inform decisions in alignment with the Hillcrest Master Plan. These groups will focus on Urban Design, Sustainability, Outside Spaces and Housing. 

The adopted Master Plan will guide the work of the Saint Paul Port Authority, the owners and developers of the site, in bringing the project to life.

Stay up-to-date on the Hillcrest redevelopment by subscribing to the project newsletter or visiting stpaul.gov/hillcrest.

River Learning Center Community Meeting

River Learning Center

Attend the community meeting on the River Learning Center, this Thursday, June 9, from 6:30-8:30 pm at Watergate Marina (2500 Crosby Farm Rd., Saint Paul, MN 55116), hosted by the City of Saint Paul and Great River Passage Conservancy.

Three different design concepts will be presented for the River Learning Center – a mixed-use, river-focused space with a National Park Service headquarters at Crosby Farm Regional Park. Share your preferences and give feedback!

St Paul Aquatics Opening Dates

Como Pool

St Paul Parks & Recreation has plenty of summer fun opportunities to beat the heat!

  • Phalen Beach: Phalen Beach opened limited weekends starting May 29, and open for it's regular season June 11.
  • Splash pads: All Splash pads will open with regular hours June 11. *this is an update from last week
  • Pools: Highland Park Aquatic Center will open for pre-season open swim June 3 - 5. That location, along with Como Pool, will open for the regular season June 11. Great River Water Park will not be open during the summer, and may have adjusted hours over the weekend as staff transition to outdoor swimming locations.
  • Swimming lessons: Registration for summer swimming lessons at Como Pool and Highland Park Aquatic Center are open. 
  • Aquatics memberships: Summer aquatics memberships are available for purchase online.
  • Sailing lessons: Learn to sail on Lake Phalen! Sailing lesson registration is open. 

Met-Council Funding for Housing & Livable Wage Jobs


Open through July 15th, 2022 -- apply 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!

Grant details here.

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

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.

Frontline Worker Pay Application Now Open

frontline worker pay

The MN Frontline Worker Pay application is OPEN NOW through July 22, 2022. Apply online at frontlinepay.mn.gov.

The application will be open for 45 days, and the funds are not first come, first served. The money set aside for this program will be split equally among all approved applicants after the 45-day application period, the 15-day appeals period, and the appeals review period.

Eligibility criteria for frontline worker pay were established by the Minnesota legislature and are set forth in the Frontline Worker Pay law. You can review the criteria and guidance in the Frontline Worker Pay information sheet.

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

You can order a FREE Third Round of At-Home COVID Tests at www.covid.gov/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.