Ward 6 Weekly Update 12/19/2022

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December 19, 2022

East Metro Main Street Economic Revitalization Grants Available

open business

Is your business along Payne Ave, Arcade St, East 7th St, or White Bear Ave? If yes, apply for the Main Street Economic Revitalization Program! This program will distribute up to $7 million in grants to businesses and nonprofit organizations for capital projects in select St Paul business corridors. 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.

Thank you to the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundation for partnering with the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED)'s Main Street Economic Revitalization Program to make this funding a reality.

Learn more and apply here. For translation support, please call 651.325.4202.

Tentative Developer Selected for Former Hamm’s Brewery Complex

Hamm's Brewing renderingRendering of the proposed Hamm's marketplace (courtesy of JB Vang Partners, Inc.)

I'm excited to share that JB Vang Partners, Inc. has been selected as the tentative developer for the original Hamm’s Brewery Complex following an extensive request for proposals (RFP) and review process.  JB Vang is an experienced Saint Paul-based developer of housing, commercial and historic rehab projects.  Their proposal most closely aligned with the RFP review criteria and the vision of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority (HRA) to create an East Side anchor development.

The proposal from JB Vang considered the cultural and economic needs of the neighborhood and offered the largest number and greatest variety of affordable housing types and a balance of residential and commercial uses. Multiple opportunities for wealth building through homeownership and entrepreneurship are also part of the plan.

Specifically, the JB Vang plan proposes:

  • 259 affordable housing units, with one- and two-bedroom rentals and ownership live/work studios in the renovated brewery complex and family-sized ownership rowhomes and rental apartments in a new construction building;
  • 56,000 square feet of commercial space, including a two-story marketplace in the former brewhouse; and
  • An outdoor public plaza, indoor community space and greenspace adjacent to Swede Hollow Park and Bruce Vento Trail.

The Housing and Redevelopment Authority will vote on officially awarding tentative developer status to JB Vang Partners in January 2023.

New Dog Park Now Open

List of dog parks in Saint Paul (as of Dec 2022)

Come play with your pup at our city's newest dog park at Lower Landing Park (200 Warner Rd)! This is now the 7th dog park in Saint Paul. 

(Please note, this winter the Lower Landing dog park may need to close temporarily if temperatures are above freezing in order to protect the new turf, which has not yet been established. Expect the park to temporarily close for a period in spring 2023 to allow the turf to fully establish.)

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. 

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. 

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.

Share Your Housing Input to Win $100

anti-displacement study survey

Complete the Anti-Displacement and Community Wealth Building survey (open through January 13, 2023) for a chance to win $100!

This survey is part St Paul's effort to identify, explore and analyze strategies to minimize displacement risks for low- and moderate-income people and businesses, while encouraging housing production and business investment. 

Visit the project webpage for more.

Financial Help for Homeowners

mortgage assistance

The Saint Paul Homeownership Preservation Program (SPHPP) still has funds available to help struggling local homeowners with future housing costs. Eligible Saint Paul homeowners can receive grants for direct mortgage assistance or other associated costs.

Check your eligibility and get started by visiting hocmn.org/stpaulhpp or by calling 651-236-8952.

Winter Activity Registration

Adult Broomball face off

We have a variety of activities for all ages to enjoy this winter (both inside and outside)! 

Adaptive Recreation Programming

Adaptive Rec bowling

Adaptive Recreation provides a comprehensive recreational program for Saint Paul residents of all ages who have physical and/or developmental disabilities. Activities include arts and crafts, bowling, archery, BINGO, music, and more! Schedule for December-February programming is available now.

COVID Testing and Treatment Resources

Test to Treat

Four additional COVID-19 rapid tests per household will be available in advance of the Thanksgiving holiday through the state’s online ordering program. Minnesotans who have previously 
ordered tests are again able to receive four additional tests per household at order your free at-home rapid tests on mn.gov/covid19 or by calling 1-833-431-2053. Language assistance is available. 

Make an appointments to receive the newest covid booster, available for adults and children ages 5-11.

Find test-to-treat locations  where you can get and fill COVID treatment medications same-day. 

COVID-19 Testing

COVID-19 Self-testing 

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

Close Contact or Exposure to COVID-19