Ward 6 Weekly Update 10/14/2022

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October 14, 2022

Hafner Site Request for Offers

former Hafner site

The City of Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) released a Request for Offers (RFO) for the purchase and redevelopment of the former Hafner’s site located at 1570 White Bear Avenue on the Greater East Side of Saint Paul. Offers are due by 4 pm on Monday, December 5, 2022.  View the full RFO and find more information on how to submit proposal materials at stpaul.gov/1570WhiteBearAve.

About the site

The HRA acquired the property in 2002 and demolished the building in 2003. The 2.18-acre, vacant parcel offers proximity and access to transit, parks and natural amenities, the commercial districts along White Bear Avenue and the upcoming redevelopment of the former Hillcrest Golf Course site, now known as The Heights.

The HRA is seeking proposals that align with the 2040 Comprehensive Plan and the Greater East Side District and White Bear Avenue Small Area Plans. 

Volunteers Wanted - Love First - Trunk or Treat Harvest Fest

Love First - Trunk Or Treat Harvest Festival event

Volunteers needed for the Love First - Trunk Or Treat Fall Harvest event coming up on October 29th from 5pm-8pm.  Come with friends and family, park around Carty Park on the day of the event and have candy to pass out to the families! You can wear a costume or not, music and decorations are encouraged. 

Click here to sigh up to volunteer

Design Results Announced for the Mississippi River Learning Center

River Learning Center's final design concept presentation- birds eye view of area with design areas outlined Mississippi River Learning Center design

After months of extensive community engagement, a final schematic design concept for the planned Mississippi River Learning Center was presented last week at the Watergate Marina in Saint Paul! View the final schematic design here!

Grant Applications are Now Open

East Metro Main Street Economic Revitalization Program

Is your East Side business or non-profit in need of economic relief?

The Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation has been selected as one of the partner organizations for the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) Main Street Economic Revitalization Program.

This program will distribute up to $7 million in grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations for capital projects in the East Side community, as well as Snelling-University-Rice Cultural District and along West Seventh Street.

Grants will support economic recovery from the impacts of civil unrest, the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges to these commercial corridors since March 15, 2020.

Learn more and apply here.

Translation services are available for potential applicants, including audio files and project intake forms in Spanish, Hmong, Vietnamese, Somali, Oromo and Karen. For additional translation support, please call 651.325.4202, and we will connect with you through an interpreter. Audio files, Vietnamese and Karen will be available soon.

Apply Now - Planning Commission

Apply to be on the Planning Commission

The Planning Commission makes recommendations on city plans and makes decisions about zoning which impact how Saint Paul lives, works and plays. There are three current openings:

  • One vacancy in Ward 2 (West Side, West 7th, Downtown or Summit Hill)
  • One vacancy in Ward 4 (Hamline Midway, Union Park, St. Anthony Park)
  • One vacancy in Ward 6 (Payne Phalen, Greater East Side)

Applications are due November 2, 2022. Apply today

Individuals who reflect Saint Paul's diversity are encouraged to apply. For more information, please visit stpaul.gov/planning-members or contact Planning Director Luis Pereira at luis.pereira@ci.stpaul.mn.us or 651-266-6556.

Inspiring Communities Program Accepting Applications

building a single family home

The City of Saint Paul's seventh Request for Proposals (RFP) for the Inspiring Communities program is live and extended to 5 pm Friday, November 4th. 

This program supports developers to construct homes for sale to homebuyers with low to moderate incomes on residential lots currently owned by the Saint Paul Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA).

Read more about this opportunity for housing developers here

Join the St Paul Youth Commission

St Paul Youth Commission

The Youth Commission is still looking for a few representatives from District 2-Greater Eastside, District 4-Dayton’s Bluff, District 9-West 7th / Fort Road, and District 11-Hamline / Midway! If you are interested or would like to learn more, please reach out to Haley Vien at haley.vien@ci.stpaul.mn.us

The Saint Paul Youth Commission represents young people in decision making for the City of Saint Paul. Each year, youth in grades 9 – 12 from each of the city’s 17 planning districts commit to serving the community through impact projects as well as  local and state advocacy. Youth Commissioners enhance their leadership skills while serving their community. Youth Commissioners earn a stipend for participation.  

Learn more about the Saint Paul Youth Commission here.

Free 20-Is-Plenty Yard Signs Available

20 Is Plenty yard signs

St Paul Public Works continues to offer FREE “20 is Plentyyard signs for your yard!

Pick up your sign at St Paul Public Library branches during open hours and at the Public Works Operations building (899 Dale Street) on weekdays from 8 am-3 pm.

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.

Payne Avenue Cleanup This Saturday

Caydence Coffee Shop

Volunteer for the Fall Cleanup on Payne Avenue!  Meet up at Caydence Records & Coffee this Saturday, October 15th at 10am.  Limited number of gloves and cleaning tools will be provided, but if you have your own, bring them. 

Big thank you to Kelley Gustaveson of House of Payne, and East Side Optimists Club for organizing this event.

Public Forums with Five St Paul Police Chief Finalists

st paul police

This week, there were two public forums with the five finalists for Saint Paul Police Chief advanced by the 
Saint Paul Police Chief Examining Committee. You can watch the full recording on the City of St Paul’s Facebook page.  

Read about the five finalists here

Become a Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commissioner

civilian review board

The St Paul Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission is currently seeking commissioners from Wards 6 and 7! There are 4 current vacancies. 

The Police Civilian Internal Affairs Review Commission (PCIARC) reviews and makes disciplinary and policy recommendations to the Saint Paul Chief of Police on all civilian-initiated police conduct complaints. 

Submit your application until positions are filled.

Expanded Rec Hours

expanded Rec hours

St Paul Rec Centers are offering expanded hours at several recreation centers across the city starting October 1st!

With the use of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds, we will be able to offer additional programming and access to our facilities during popular weekend times.

View our full list of fall recreation center hours.

Upcoming Parks & Rec Events

two kids looking at pumpkins

Save the dates for the Fall and Halloween events on the East Side below!

Fall "Brew-vies" and Scary Movies Series

Movies In the Parksmovies in the park list

Bring along a blanket or a lawn chair and enjoy a starlit night of fun with friends and family! Movies in the Parks provides a wide range of outdoor films at parks and recreation centers around Saint Paul. Movies in the Parks events are free and open to the public. Kids under 10 need to be with an adult, and pets must be kept on a leash at all times. Unless otherwise noted, all movies will be closed captioned in English. More information here!

Minnesota's Voting Season is Here

voting in MN

Minnesotans can now cast their ballots for the November 8 General Election.

Minnesota registered voters can request an absentee ballot to vote from home at mnvotes.gov or vote early with an absentee ballot at a local election office. Using mnvotes.gov, Minnesotans can register to votecheck their registration, and update their registration on their computer or smartphone.

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

Test to Treat

Appointments are now available to receive an updated bivalent booster – which is formulated to be more effective against the Omicron variants.

What to do if you are Sick or Test Positive: COVID-19

Close Contact or Exposure to COVID-19

COVID-19 Testing

Types of COVID-19 Tests

COVID-19 Self-testing 

Test-to-Treat locations are open in the Twin Cities! Find test-to-treat locations where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

Order FREE At-Home COVID Tests by SEPTEMBER 2nd at www.covid.gov/tests.

Monkeypox Resources Available


The Minnesota Department of Health has released guidance about monkeypox.

The CDC has more information about Monkeypox here, including resources in Spanish/Español and other languages that can be found in the top right corner of the screen.