Accord is reached on upkeep of stairs in St. Paul

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  • Updated: July 27, 2013 - 5:17 PM

After a dispute stretching nearly 10 years, the St. Paul City Council agreed last week to a plan with private homeowners to fix a crumbling retaining wall along an outdoor public stairway built more than a century ago by railroad magnate James J. Hill.

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supervon2Jul. 27, 13 7:06 PM

It's pretty obvious they don't contribute to the DFL.

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braxozJul. 27, 13 9:45 PM

From St. Paul Pioneer Press 7/24/13: "The city of St. Paul is buying a chipped stairway and broken brick wall. On Wednesday, the St. Paul City Council approved an agreement with Summit Avenue homeowners Richard and Nancy Nicholson that transfers ownership of an old stone stairway adjoining their property to the city. The Walnut Street stairway and a crumbling masonry brick wall will cost the city $82,418." Who is paying whom?

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vonnegut5Jul. 28, 13 9:11 AM

Since it's city owned, I plan on scaling this set of stairs on a weekly basis. I might set up a stair running club. Where are they at?

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braxozJul. 28, 13 1:13 PM

vonnegut5 Jul. 28, 13 9:11 AM Since it's city owned, I plan on scaling this set of stairs on a weekly basis. I might set up a stair running club. Where are they at?_______ Check minnpost.com ,Apr 17, 2013 for a list of St. Paul public stairways. This one is by the Hill Mansion and connected Summit Ave. to Irvine Ave.

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jhbensenAug. 2, 13 5:28 AM

The city could always tear it down and once again make it into a street since the owner feel they don't have an transferable agreement with the city. Solves the problem of ongoing maintenance fees for the city.

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uptownbred63Aug. 2, 13 6:13 AM

Why did it take so long to do the right thing? Public stairwell, public money to pay for it. I'd much rather have the Nicholson's pay for the stairs, but that wouldn't be fair.

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littlebootsAug. 2, 13 4:34 PM

Whew, I'm glad this serious issue has finally been settled. Meanwhile downtown saint Paul continues to circle the drain, the blight, crime and festering irrelevance continues to grow all over Saint Paul, the tumbleweeds roll down the streets on Friday and Saturday night, no bike lanes or sharrows anywhere in the city, but we got those crumbling stairs for 100k finally. Good Job City of Saint Paul, priorities.

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