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Proposals for new grocery store on St. Paul's Grand Avenue shared with residents

March 18, 2019 10:52 PM

In recent years, Grand Avenue in St. Paul has gone through a good amount of change.

A number of retailers, restaurants and boutique shops have left their storefronts.  And Minnesota's own Lunds & Byerlys is considering a prime location along the 700 block of Grand Avenue, which used to be home to North Face and Ann Taylor Loft.

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The 24,000-square-foot grocery store would include four levels of housing above it and two levels of underground parking.

Tres Lund showed the crowd at Mount Zion Church two versions of the same development for comparison purposes.  Then company representatives stood back and listened to what longtime neighbors preferred.  

RELATED: Popular Grand Avenue restaurant closing as business leaders develop task force

The grocery firm invited businesses and residents to the "community conversation" Monday night.  Hundreds turned out. 

The design of the project seemed to matter most to those who live in the Summit Hill or Grand Avenue areas.

 

"They were after neighborhood buy-in to get ideas about the historic area and make sure it integrates well," said Jason Koenig, with the Grand Avenue Business Association.

Hayden Howland spoke on behalf of the Summit Hill Association.

"It's a great way to revitalize the area of Grand Avenue," Howland said. "It's the backbone."

If Lunds & Byerlys moves forward with the development,  the new market would be the closest option for the people attending the informational meeting.

"We almost have to go up University or come down to Kowalski's, and that's a mile away and it's a long walk if you can't make it to the Mississippi Market," neighborhood resident Rachel Nelson.

A Lunds & Byerlys spokesperson emphasized the proposal is not a done deal.  Before getting too deep, the company wanted community input and ideas. The City Council would have to approve the project as well.  

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