In St. Kate's Woods, Some Neighbors See Paradise, Not Parking Lot

December 11, 2017 07:37 PM

Some St. Catherine University neighbors are upset over a plan to build a new parking lot on the school's St. Paul campus.

The university wants to cut down one acre of trees in a four-acre wooded area near Cleveland and Bayard avenues. More than 250 parking spots would replace those trees.

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Several neighbors are against cutting down trees for a parking lot.

"{The wooded area is) very quiet. People walk their dogs back there, and there are trails we take our kids through," neighbor Katlin Hudlic said. "I mean, that's upsetting because people love it. And I think students like it, and the neighborhood utilizes that area for sure."

The university says the new lot is needed because parking is a problem on and off campus. The school is working with the city of St. Paul to increase parking on campus to meet city regulations.

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"The minimum, according to what the city ordinance says, is about 2,100 parking spots, and we're at 1,250," said university Vice President Mark Johnson. "'Parking is outrageous. Why am I paying for parking here if there is no parking?' That's been our biggest complaint."

The university hopes to have the new parking lot completed by late spring or early summer.  

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