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Big news for Monday’s West St. Paul City Council meeting is the Economic Development Authority (EDA) will get a look at the proposed Doddway redevelopment during their workshop meeting. The rest is mostly routine and there will be no Open Council Work Session (OCWS).
Originally proposed in 2017 as a reimagining of the Smith/Dodd area, we’re getting a first look at redevelopment of the Doddway Center. It includes realigning the Smith/Dodd intersection, adding two buildings with mixed use residential and commercial, expanding Albert Park, and retaining Oxendale’s.
It’s an early proposal, so there aren’t a lot of details yet and some of it may change. There’s no price tag for the project, though it’s likely tax increment financing (TIF) will be required.
Other Items on the Agenda
- Medical/dental clinics: Pacific Dental Services is asking for a conditional use permit to move into the strip mall with Panera in front of Target and two medical clinics, Forward Motion Recovery and Horizon Autism Center, are asking for a conditional use permit to move into 34 Moreland Avenue East (dislocating Sherry’s Dearest Treasures).
- Exterior grant: The EDA will consider an application by West St. Paul Chiropractic for a $10,000 grant to help with $35,000 worth of exterior improvements to their building at 1089 S. Robert Street.
- Group homes: Final reading on an ordinance change related to group homes that simply brings city code in line with state law due to a recent change by the legislature.
- Snow removal: The Robert Street sidewalk snow removal plan will be approved for 2021-2022. As in previous years, the city will contract the removal and assess properties along Robert Street.
- DSP Week: The City Council will proclaim the week of September 12-18 to be Direct Support Professionals Week.
The public can watch the meeting live on Town Square TV or cable channel 18 starting at 6:30 p.m. on Monday (6 p.m. for the EDA workshop).
If you’re not able to attend the meeting in person, you can always use our coloring pages to imagine you’re there.
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Looking at the proposed design at Doddway, I can’t help but notice the three large faces of glass that are sure to be bird killers. Please make sure to include bird-friendly glass as part of the design. Doddway Center is in a major migration flyway and should act responsibly.