Planning ProcessThe cities of Maplewood, Roseville, and St. Paul are beginning a visioning plan for the Rice Street-Larpenteur Avenue Gateway Corridor. Throughout 2017, the cities will be cooperatively developing a vision for the short- and long-term future of the area. The purpose of the project is to understand and respond to barriers, challenges, benefits, and opportunities associated with changes in land use, access, transit services, and other facilities around key areas in the corridor. A shared goal is to identify potential redevelopment sites throughout the study area.
To learn about upcoming events and updates on the plan, please visit: www.riceandlarpenteur.com.
Other Initiative Updates in Southeast Roseville include:
- Rezoning of 211 McCarrons Boulevard North (former armory property)
- Southeast Roseville Interagency Work Group (formerly "Karen Interagency Work Group")
-Rice Street Community Garden
211 McCarrons Boulevard North Rezoned
On April 24, the City Council approved a Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map change guiding the property at 211 N. McCarrons from “Institutional” to “Low Density Residential.” The property is the site of the former armory and is currently owned by the Department of Military Affairs. The rezoning of this property allows efforts to move forward to use the property in a way that is in line with the City’s Policy Priority Plan for the Southeast Roseville area.
Southeast Roseville Interagency Work Group (SRIWG) (formerly "Karen Interagency Work Group")
The Southeast Roseville Interagency Work Group (SRIWG) (formerly “Karen Interagency Work Group”) was established in 2014 and includes several nonprofit groups and social services agencies. The focus of the SRIWG is to better understand refugee resettlement issues and to find available resources to support new immigrants. It is open to Roseville residents, organizations and community leaders who are interested in finding solutions to challenges identified by SRIWG.
SRIWG worked to address the issue and need of safe, affordable housing in the community. In 2013, City Council approved a Rental Licensing Program, which allows City staff to inspect rental units and work with property owners to make substandard units compliant with City Code.
Information on the Rental Licensing Program can be found here.
In 2015, SRIWG worked with ECHO Minnesota and a variety of housing agencies to produce and distribute a video about renter rights and responsibilities. The video is now available in five languages: Karen, Hmong, Somali, Spanish and English. Additionally, the Minnesota Literacy Council has developed an English Language Learner (ELL) curriculum on rental rights and responsibilities that was piloted in 14 different schools. The ELL program was launched in Roseville Area Schools in 2016.View the Renter's Rights and Responsibilities video here.
Another initiative identified by the SRIWG included linking our Southeast Roseville residents with opportunities for healthy food. The Rice Street Gardens, located at 1958 Rice Street, contains more than 200 plots and is within walking distance for many people living in the Southeast Roseville area.
Thomas Paschke, Interim Community Development Director
Learn More and Participate
Check out the Rice Street Gardens and Rice Street Gardens on Facebook