Note: Originally published 8/16/2019, updated 8/24/2019
Shuang Hur Grocery, located at 654 University, has recently applied to expand their parking area to include two lots across the alley from their business.
Their Site Plan Review is scheduled for August 20, 2019. SUPC received notice about this on August 14, 2019. We reached out to the area block club to make sure they were informed and listen to their thoughts about the project.
The SUPC Neighborhood Development Committee discussed this issue at their 8/20/2019 meeting. A block club representative attended to bring their neighborhood's concerns to the committee, and one person also wrote in opposition. The SUPC Neighborhood Development Committee voted unanimously to opposed converting the lot into a parking lot, (this action was approved by the SUPC Exec Committee 8/22/2019).
Staff from Saint Paul DSI responded to the letter:
Thank you. I received the attachment. We will include it with the Site Plan’s conditional approval from staff.
I hear the District Council’s concern regarding the previous house demolition and the transit-oriented nature of the University Ave corridor. Based on the Site Plan application, the additional parking and location is permitted per Zoning Ordinance based on the size and location of the businesses it would serve. As you and I discussed earlier this week, I recommend the District Council engage the property owner directly on their development plans.
Saint Paul DSI approves of this site plan, and their recommendation to prevent turning it into a parking lot is to ask the business who applied to stop construction.
Sec. 66.313. - Intent, T2 traditional neighborhood district.
The T2 traditional neighborhood district is designed for use in existing or potential pedestrian and transit nodes. Its intent is to foster and support compact, pedestrian-oriented commercial and residential development that, in turn, can support and increase transit usage. It encourages, but does not require, a variety of uses and housing types, with careful attention to the amount and placement of parking and transitions to adjacent residential neighborhoods.
We have not heard back from Councilmember Thao regarding this issue.
Proposed site plan:
This item will be on an upcoming Summit-University Planning Council Agenda
August 27, 2019
SUPC Community Room
Amanda Smith from the Saint Paul Department of Safety and Inspections is the contact on this issue