This would have been the weekend for the annual Citywide Spring Cleanup. Because of pandemic restrictions, it ain’t happening. But that doesn’t stop us from holding our personal DIY cleanup anytime this month. Some easy steps to follow:
After months of study, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory says it does not intend to implement paid parking anytime soon. The decision reflects calculations that paid parking would drive down attendance and cost the campus more money than parking revenue would produce.
The Como Community Council and the City of Saint Paul are working to help residents keep track of each other during the physical distancing we all need to follow during this pandemic.
A Saint Paul developer is proposing a four-story, 152-unit apartment building atop the existing parking ramp west of the Best Western hotel in Bandana Square. The target move-in date is fall 2021.
After several months of engineering studies required by the state, Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced a joint effort March 12 to reduce speed limits to 20 mph for most residential streets, and 25 mph for most city-owned collectors. The current limit on those streets typically is 30 mph.
In accordance with the State of Minnesota’s health advisories, the Como Community Council is cancelling the remaining Sunday Series presentations originally scheduled for March 15, 22, and 29. Here are the presentations we hope to reschedule at a future date:
Hmong College Prep Academy expects to build a new middle school and outdoor playground beginning this July on land it owns southwest of Brewster and Pascal. A skyway over Brewster would connect the three-story addition to the existing buildings.
Renovation of the former Sholom Home into rental apartments moved one step closer Feb. 24 when the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals approved density and parking variances. The BZA approval, by identical 4-0 votes, followed the recommendation of the Como Community Council. In doing so, the BZA overruled city staff findings, which opposed both variance requests.
A tournament for soccer players from various Saint Paul immigrant communities is being organized for this spring at Como Park Senior High School. The “All Nations Cup” would feature ad hoc teams in a round-robin tournament that could be a fund-raiser for the high school teams, coach Jonah Fields told the Como Community Council’s Neighborhood Relations Committee on Feb. 4.
Interfaith Action and Ramsey County are exploring the feasibility of opening a homeless shelter and day center for families inside the Minnesota Cameroon Community Center space in Bandana Square in Energy Park.