Public Realm Committee Meeting March 7, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Conference Room B

The Public Realm Committee will meet on Thursday, March 7, from 5-6:30 p.m. in Conference Room B, 180 East 5th Street. The agenda will be to continue the discussion from the January meeting about Goal setting. The group will establish priority around a manageable/actionable number of these:

  • Parking
  • Parks
  • Leveraging the Private Sector
  • Skyway safety
  • River Balcony / Large-scale future visioning projects/ ideas
  • Doing the little things: trash cleanup, etc. (a good lead in to Outreach/Engagement events/ efforts)
  • Questions for each issue
  • What is the problem were trying to solve for?
  • What is the fix to that problem? What stands in our way?
  • Who could help us learn about this?
  • Who else is interested in this issue? What other orgs./ groups?
  • What are some tasks that would take substantial time to complete?

Also, Metro Transit will be presenting information about bus stop improvements: Metro Transit Downtown – fact sheet

The meeting is open to the public. Please contact CRC Executive Director Jon Fure, 651-221-0488,, with questions or feedback.

Pedro Park Open House – check out the latest design on March 6, 6:30-8 p.m.

The City of Saint Paul is seeking your feedback on a proposed design of Pedro Park, which is at the corner of 10th and Robert streets. This is the site where the Pedro family donated the land to the City to be developed as a park. The purpose of the open house is to provide feedback on the proposed park design. More information about this project is on the City website.

The open house will be on Wednesday, March 6, from 6:30 to 8 p.m., in 180 East 5th Street, Skyway Level Conference Room B (next to the escalator to The Great Hall). Please enter the building through the skyway system.

More information: Pedro Park Open House info

Development Review Committee – discussions on policies and planning

The committee will meet on Tuesday, February 12, from 8-9:30 a.m., in Conference Room B, 180 East 5th Street.

Agenda items will include discussion of potential policy / process changes for downtown businesses with Joe Spencer, Downtown Alliance President. Topics will include:

  • Requirement that establishments serving liquor cannot be within 300 feet of a church or school
  • Requirement restricting advertising signage to a small percentage of windows on businesses
  • Prohibition on merchandise sales on sidewalks
  • Special event permit requirements where businesses request permission to sell alcoholic beverages outside (during parades or other events)

The committee will also discuss the process for updating the Downtown Chapter of the City’s Comprehensive Plan (CRC will begin this process in 2019).

For an overview of that process, please see the City’s District Plan Guidelines