ST. PAUL (WCCO) — People in downtown St. Paul will likely soon have a place to shop for groceries.

The City Council voted to move forward with plans for an apartment building and grocery store.

The city-funded Penfield project is expected to cost $62 million. It would place an urban-style Lunds store on the ground floor of the six-story apartment building.

The new building would be built on the recently demolished Pedro’s Luggage store site, one block from the Central Corridor light-rail line on the northeastern part of downtown.

According to the Star Tribune, the project hinges on the approval of a $40 million loan from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Comments (6)
  1. RIII says:

    Soo the same idiots that would not give West Law a building permit to expand in downtown Saint Paul and caused the loss of more private sector jobs than any other poor decision in the history of Saint Paul and subsequently put Pedro’s and many other private companies out of business are going to spend $60,000,000 of our tax dollars to construct a building for a grocery store and I can only guess low income housing being some of the money is coming from the Department of Slums and Urban Crime. Gosh if I lived in Saint Paul I would not even trust them for permission to have an outdoor weenie roast. This is just more Union welfare and in the end will cost two to three times what the private sector would build it for and never break even after. As soon as the free rent for Lund’s runs out so will they. People that ride light rail don’t shop at Lund’s…1234

    1. Goober says:

      I agree compltely

  2. Ace says:

    There go my property taxes through the roof. They should elect republicans next time and see if it gets better.

  3. The Dude says:

    i dont think it is getting built on the park site, I think its being built on the old police station site.

  4. Frank says:

    In a few short posts more misinformation. Pedro’s closed because the brothers retired. West Law moved to Eagan, no jobs were lost
    The project depends on 40 mill from the feds, most of the rest comes from tif funds. Those are essentially tax rebetes from the property taxes. Ace andRII can take their misinformation and stick it.

  5. Pat says:

    The apartments are anything but low income housing. A studio will rent for over a thousand a month. The rents go up from there.

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