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St. Paul City

          Submit Public Testimony to Planning Commission RE: ZF # 21-271-810 ZF# 21-269-061


                       Testimony must include your name and street address

Zoning Committee under Planning Commission

                        Luis Rangel Morales – Planning Commission Chair

                        Simon Taghioff – Zoning Committee

            Planning Commission

                        Luis Pereira – Planning Director – 651-266-6556

                        Sonja Butler – Planning Commission Secretary – 651-266-6573

            City Council

                        Rebecca Noecker – Ward 2 City Council Representative – 651-266-8622

Full List of St. Paul City Contacts


Summit Hill Association

            Zoning and Land Use Committee

            Summit Hill Board of Directors – 651-222-1222



Subject: 695 Grand Avenue Development Proposal

I am opposed to the development of the Dixie’s/Emmetts/Saji Ya location as proposed. 

I want to:

  • Strengthen and add to existing density and housing options at a compatible scale
    • Add housing density to grow and revitalize Grand Avenue
  • Strengthen and add to economic diversity of housing options Summit Hill
    • Support a mix of multifamily housing choices
  • Strengthen and add to economic vitality of Grand Ave, Summit Hill and Saint Paul 
    • Support small businesses

I oppose:

  • New construction that fails to transition to existing areas of the neighborhood
    • Oversize structures that do not follow existing zoning codes undermine value of existing residences
  • New development that will alter the essential character of the neighborhood
    • Bringing in a building design better suited for suburban areas detracts from the unique character of the neighborhood
  • Establishing a precedent that leads to further projects that degrades the area’s charm
    • Developments need to complement the eclectic nature of the area

The plans fail to protect the character of the Summit Hill neighborhood. 

Please vote against the Dixie’s/695 Project’s requests to be given exceptions from existing zoning codes. 

I want balanced development that respects the historic nature and character of the neighborhood.

Thank you.