Development Review Committee, 8-9:30 a.m,. Dec. 11, 2018

The CRC Development Review Committee will include a presentation and Q and A by Marcq Sung and Andrew Hestness, City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development, about the City’s economic development activities. The committee will also review a request by Catholic Charities to increase the number of shelter beds from 320 to 356 at 435 Dorothy Day Place. More information about that proposal:

Dorothy Day Request to Increase Shelter Beds

Please contact Jon Fure, 651-221-0488, or email with questions or feedback.

Development Review Committee – Nov. 13, 8-9:30 a.m.

The Development Review Committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 13, from 8-9:30 a.m. in Conference Room B, Skyway level, 180 East 5th Street.

Agenda items will include an update on the Capitol Area Architecture and Planning Board’s comprehensive planning process (More information:, review of a proposed project at 241 East Kellogg Blvd (where Kelly’s Union Depot is currently located see the following 241 Kellogg Blvd proposal (HPC Application) for more info), and a review of City of Saint Paul housing initiatives and programs (see the Housing chapter, Comprehensive Plan 2040 page on the City website). For more information about the City of Saint Paul’s housing initiatives, see the notes from the presentation by Diane Nordquist, City of Saint Paul Planning and Economic Development:

Downtown Housing Presentation


Public Sector Job Fair and Community Input Session on Nov. 3

Anyone who is interested in learning about career opportunities with the City of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota are invited to attend a job fair at the River Centre from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, November 3, from This is a partnership between the City of Saint Paul and the State of Minnesota. From 2 to 4 p.m. the City of Saint Paul will be hosting a Community Input Session on the City workforce. This is part of the City’s “Voices of Our Community” series to help shape the future of Saint Paul by learning about the city’s equity work, giving people throughout the City to provide feedback on how we can best move forward together.

More information about this event (via the City of Saint Paul):

Contact Saint Paul’s Chief Equity Officer Toni Newborn at with questions.


City Council, HRA vote in favor of Public Safety Annex redevelopment

The Saint Paul City Council and Housing and Redevelopment Authority voted to approve a development agreement for the Public Safety Annex on Oct. 24, despite the opposition of the CapitolRiver Council and many people who spoke against the proposal.

Here is a link to the Pioneer Press article about the public hearing:

Here is a link to the Star Tribune article:

Please also see Council Member Rebecca Noecker’s Facebook page, and join the discussion.


Report by U of M students with recommendations for CRC

CRC staff and board members were fortunate to work with several University of Minnesota students in the summer of 2018 to assess CRC’s board governance, mission and priorities, and public engagement in order to provide a set of recommendations. The students produced the following report, “CapitolRiver Council: Mapping the Future to Everyone’s Downtown,” as their capstone project to earn a Master in Public Affairs degree at the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs. This research question served as a guide to the students’ project: How can the CapitolRiver Council most effectively deploy its limited resources to maximize their influence and stakeholder engagement in the political and planning processes of Downtown Saint Paul?

The beginning of the report (pages 1-20) contains the research methodology, findings and recommendations.  The remaining pages contain information from other sources, including some information about neighborhood councils generally,  and about CRC in particular. Starting on page 27, the students present information about the fiduciary responsibilities of nonprofit board members, including the roles of board members as chief stewards of the organization’s resources and mission.

Thank you to everyone who responded to the students’ requests for information. Go to page 41 for survey results and other data based on the personal interviews that were conducted by the students.

Read the full report, Mapping the Future to Everyone’s Downtown