St. Paul officials finally cut ribbon for the Penfield

  • Article by: Kevin Duchschere , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 6, 2014 - 9:35 PM

The Penfield apartment complex, developed by the city, opened after many stops and starts. A Lunds store will follow.

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gemie1Feb. 6, 14 6:01 PM

Downtown St. Paul definitely needs a grocery store. The last one closed over 20 years ago.

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gemie1Feb. 6, 14 6:07 PM

They definitely need to get a movie theater downtown. The last one was in Galtier Towers and it closed about 16 years ago. That whole commercial area in Galtier Towers turned into a business hub.

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supervon2Feb. 6, 14 6:18 PM

I don't think they should have smiles on their faces taking over a private project unless their goal is governmental supremacy and control of citizen lives.

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chrohaFeb. 6, 14 6:49 PM

Thanks for the photo of the Penfield. The Pioneer Press couldn't afford a photographer, or couldn't be bothered to send one a few blocks to take a photo. They run a story about the opening of the building and run a rendering which looks much different than the actual photo.

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jbpaperFeb. 6, 14 6:54 PM

"The project is one of three opening in the next year that Coleman is counting on — the others are the light-rail Green Line and the Saints’ ballpark — to recharge St. Paul’s downtown core."-----The three projects that he is counting on are all government paid for projects. Throw in the Port Authority buying the old Macy's building and it makes you wonder if private businesses want much to do with St Paul.

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baronetFeb. 6, 14 7:43 PM

ExTensive grocery store? Don't you mean exPensive? And how can HUD funding be used to build luxury apartments? And how can such an ugly facade for a building help anything? Living downtown is overrated. Downtown should be filled with offices and stores.

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sondheimFeb. 6, 14 9:21 PM

Why would anyone who can afford 1350 a month for an apartment live in Downtown St. Paul? Ge a realtor, buy something in Minneapolis. Downtown St. Paul has been a dead end for 25 years, I know, I used to live in Lowertown, which was always the next big thing. No ballpark, no light rail will change that. Like having a train that runs to nowheresville.

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frag999Feb. 6, 14 9:30 PM

I hope with public funds I'm sure they made a good percentage of the units in the Penfield Section 8 eligible. Right? Urban planners are all about integration.

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sondheimFeb. 6, 14 9:52 PM

It overlooks the freeway, sits across from a gas station, has an ugly facade, with postage stamp balconies, in a ghost town called St. Paul Downtown, 1390 a month and up, and they have 20% occupancy already? WOW. Some people will buy into anything.

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amcgraneFeb. 7, 14 8:30 AM

I live across the street from that ugly building and I can tell you I will not shop at Lunds because it to expensive. I can shop other grocery stores within a short driving distance and buy the same products much cheaper. I'm willing to bet the Lunds will be closed when the lease is up in 5 years.

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