St. Paul Wants More Nightlife, Bars, Restaurants Along University Avenue

July 24, 2018 10:35 PM

St. Paul is proposing 12 new commercial districts along University Avenue's Metro Transit's light rail Green Line between the State Capitol and Raymond Avenue.

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These new commercial districts simply allow hotels and restaurants to move in and have their liquor licenses as part of the deal for on-site sales if they so choose and meet zoning requirements.

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The idea is to entice developers to come in and fill vacant lots and vacant buildings with restaurants and bars along the LRT along with the increased traffic generated by the new soccer stadium at the corner of Snelling and University Avenues.

There were several small business owners, who did not want to be identified, but told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they "hate the whole idea" because they think it will only benefit big hotels and developers and push out long-time, neighborhood businesses.

Gerhard Riautschnig owns Gerhard's Food Truck and he told KSTP the commercial districts are a mixed bag of "good and bad" for him and he is watching the proposal closely.

"For me, I can only be in certain spots and if a restaurant opens behind me here on Raymond Avenue, for example, I might have to move because I can only be a certain number of feet away from a restaurant," Riautschnig said.

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"But, if a hotel or two goes up with no restaurant and bar attached to it, then I would profit from the extra traffic those hotels would generate down here," Riautschnig said.

The city will hold a public hearing Tuesday night at the Rondo Library and the plan still has to be approved by the Planning Commission and the full City Council before it gets final approval.

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