St. Paul developer David Hovda, of Hovda Properties, plans a mixed-use residential and commercial building at St. Clair Avenue and Griggs Street, just off Ayd Mill Road.
The vacant lot at 1219 St. Clair Ave. was zoned for business development, or B1 local business. On Wednesday, the St. Paul City Council voted 6-1 to approve Hovda’s application to rezone the site T3, or traditional neighborhood, which allows a broader mix of uses in one structure.
City Council member Jane Prince cast the sole dissenting vote. In his rezoning application, Hovda said the site had been an electrical substation since the late 1930s, but was cleared out entirely from 2018 to 2019 and has sat vacant since.
The rezoning drew a handful of letters of objection from neighbors, but won the support of city staff, the city’s zoning committee and the Macalester-Groveland Community Council. Surrounding properties include multi-family apartment complexes, single-family homes and near-vacant lots sporting billboards. Further details about Hovda’s plans were not immediately available Monday.
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Author: Frederick Melo