Corridor Development Initiative

In August 2012, the Saint Paul City Council put in place a one-year moratorium for Grand Avenue west of Fairview, prohibiting approval of any buildings greater than 40 feet in height or having design features similar to "dormitory-style" housing. At the time the moratorium was put in place, the City Council also asked the Planning Commission to study what type of development is appropriate for West Grand, and how this development should relate to the surrounding neighborhoods. The study includes recommendations for any changes to zoning in the area needed to guide appropriate development.

In response to this study, the Macalester-Groveland Community Council partnered with the West Summit Neighborhood Advisory Committee, the University of St. Thomas, Macalester College, and the City of Saint Paul in hosting several Corridor Development Initiative (CDI) workshops facilitated by the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC). CDI is a proactive process to assist in planning, design, and development along major corridors by engaging residents in playing an active part in directing development by establishing community priorities and values, while also providing education on market realities and financial considerations for development.

More than 100 community members participated in the workshops, held in January and February 2013, by creating development scenarios for several sample sites in the neighborhood, hearing from developers and other experts on opportunities and challenges for development, and in creating development objectives for the neighborhood. The workshops explored development scenarios to provide guidance to future redevelopment in the Macalester-Groveland neighborhood. CDI is designed to be a fun and engaging way for residents to more effectively participate in shaping development goals. With the participation of City staff in these workshops, this process has helped to inform the West Grand Zoning Study (see link below for more information).