We continue to be grateful for the positive reception to the Downtown Investment Strategy, but more so for the fantastic conversations and momentum it has already stirred up. I appreciate Sustain Saint Paul for hosting me this past Monday evening to talk more in-depth about the strategy and to everyone who came to hear more and asked great questions. Local urban geographer and historian Bill Lindeke also wrote a great piece about the investment strategy this week that you can read below. I know, as a community, that we have the collective determination to see this vision for downtown come to life.

I also want to extend my congratulations to the Met Council and the City on their release of an RFP for the Central Station site this week. As we all know, redeveloping Central Station and seeing meaningful investment happen in the core of our downtown is critical to both our short- and long-term success.

Other great news this week includes the grand opening of the brand-new Slice Pizza Watch Bar in Treasure Island Center. Also, have you seen this year’s Lowertown Sounds line up! I am delighted that for the first time since 2019 Lowertown Sounds is back with a full 12-week schedule of concerts over the summer and can't wait for these shows!

Take care and enjoy the weekend,


New plan for downtown Saint Paul is full of good ideas

Often these reports are so comprehensive and agreeable that they become practically meaningless. Not this time.

First off, the study is thorough. Led by James Lima Planning + Development (from New York City) and local firm NEOO Partners, the consultants did their homework, with surveys, data, and interviews to back up their conclusions. 

Critically, they narrowed down its recommendations into clear priorities, choosing specific streets and parcels that most need government intervention. Often these kinds of reports try to be everything to everyone, ending up so comprehensive and agreeable that they become practically meaningless. Here, the authors made difficult choices and gave the resulting study enough focus to have purchase.

Read more from MinnPost

The New Standards, Dan Israel and Rogue Valley set for Lowertown Sounds concert series

The free summer concerts take place Thursdays at Mears Park. This summer’s lineup returns to 12 concerts for the first time since 2019.

Guests are welcome to bring blankets and chairs and enjoy food and drink from a rotating mix of food trucks and local craft beverage-makers, including Pryes Brewing Co., Utepils Brewing, Wabasha Brewing Co., Alexis Bailly Vineyard, Brick Oven Bus, Hometown Creamery, Montebello Empanadas, Que Tal Street Eats, Rita’s Italian Ice and Sambusa Express.

See the full lineup and read more from the Pioneer Press

Saint Paul, Met Council seek developers for land around downtown Central Station

The 1.66-acre site has the potential for 578,000 square feet of buildable space, including air rights above the train track.

The city and Met Council, the metro’s regional planning agency, solicited recommendations, or “letters of interest,” from developers in January, and they’re now moving on to a formal RFP for a high-density, mixed-use development that would increase public transit ridership and add vitality downtown. The 1.66-acre site hosts a vertical circulation tower from the light rail train platform to a skyway bridge.

“Part of the reason we did a request for letters of interest was to see if it would adjust what we were looking for in a request for proposals. It didn’t. We’re still looking for high density, street level activation. There aren’t many prime development sites in the middle of a downtown center like this. It’s literally the central station for St. Paul.”

Read more from the Pioneer Press

Slice Brothers Pizza opens Watch Bar in downtown Saint Paul

There's a new Slice in town as Adam Kado and Hosie Thurmond have opened their latest pizza venture in downtown Saint Paul's Treasure Island Center (400 N. Wabasha St.). Slice Watch Bar is the duo's fifth location, featuring plenty of TVs for fans to catch games, and a patio for when the weather decides to cooperate.

The menu has expanded, too, and includes wings, kale Caesar salads, pizza pockets and more, as well as beer and wine. Open daily from 11 a.m. to midnight, the new restaurant adds to the city's late-night food offerings.

Read more from the Star Tribune

Bigos Management reopens former downtown Saint Paul YMCA to 1,500 tenants as 'Lowertown Skyrec'

Access to the recently refurbished “Lowertown Skyrec” is a free perk to tenants of the neighboring Galtier Towers Apartments, Mears Park Place, the Historic Lowertown Lofts, the newly acquired Cosmopolitan Apartments and the Kellogg Square building a few blocks away.

The dumbbells and weight machines have been cleared out, but the former YMCA’s swimming pool, walking track, two full basketball courts, five pickleball courts and men’s and women’s locker room saunas reopened on three levels last November as a private facility available exclusively to the 1,500 tenants of the downtown Bigos properties.

Read more from the Pioneer Press

Saint Paul, Listening House hire the homeless to clean up downtown

With the supportive but commanding air of a high school coach, Johnny Griffin stood in front of a cadre of 10 downtown beautification workers and gave them their marching orders. On Wednesday morning, the mission was to salt sidewalks and shovel out curbs by bus stops. The crew — nine men and a woman — soon split into two groups to fan out from Listening House, a drop-in day shelter that relocated last November to refurbished digs in downtown Saint Paul, at the former home of Red’s Savoy Pizza.

Read more from the Pioneer Press

Here's a glance at what's happening downtown this week.

A full look at what's coming up can be found on our event calendar. Check it out!

Mar. 30-31

St. Paul Saints Opening Weekend v Columbus

CHS Field

Mar. 29

Ryan Caraveo

Amsterdam Bar and Hall

Mar. 30

Free Yoga at Union Depot

Union Depot

Mar. 30

Minnesota Wild vs. Vegas

Xcel Energy Center

Mar. 30

Bianca Del Rio

Palace Theatre

Mar. 30

Twin Cities Iranian Culture Collective Presents Voices Unveiled


Mar. 31

Trivia Mafia at Gambit Brewing

Gambit Brewing

Apr. 1

Trivia Mafia at MetroNOME

MetroNOME Brewing

Apr. 1

Minnesota Wild vs. Ottawa

Xcel Energy Center

Apr. 2

Trivia Mafia at Wrestaurant

Wrestaurant at the Palace

Apr. 3

Drawing & Coloring Circle

George Latimer Central Library

Apr. 3

Ghosts: Do You Believe?

Fitzgerald Theatre

Apr. 4

Riffs, Rails and Cocktails

Union Depot

Saints Friday home opener canceled,

new home opener Saturday, March 30

Make that Mother Nature: 2, St. Paul Saints Home Opener’s: 0. For the second consecutive season snow is the reason the Saints won’t play their home opener. Despite extensive work by the Saints grounds crew over the past 48 hours, the roughly foot and a half of snow that fell on CHS Field from March 24-26 has made the field unplayable for the March 29 home opener. 

The game has been canceled and will not be made up. The Saints grounds crew is prepping the field for the new home opener planned for Saturday, March 30, at 2:07 p.m. against the Columbus Clippers.

Read more from the Saints

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