The former owners of the Midway Pro Bowl are asking a state agency to force the city of St. Paul to pay their relocation expenses. The bowling alley, which was pushed out of a Snelling-University Avenue strip mall last year to make room for Allianz Field, has hired an attorney and filed a claim for relocation benefits with the state Office of Administrative Hearings, which is scheduling proceedings. In response, City Attorney Lyndsey Olson called the lease buyout a private matter between the bowling alley owners and their former landlord, RK Midway, which should not involve St. Paul coffers. “The city denies any liability to Midway Pro Bowl,” said Olson, in an email. The legal to-and-fro is an unusual post-script for an iconic neighborhood hangout that drew generations of bowling leagues, and the latest emblem of change for a community bracing for the arrival of Minnesota United, a Major League Soccer team, in 2019. Within St. Paul’s Midway Shopping Center, Midway Pro … [Read more...] about Midway Pro Bowl seeks relocation money from city of St. Paul, but is it eligible?
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Minnesota United team owner Bill McGuire two years ago unveiled a master plan for the land surrounding the future Major League Soccer stadium in St. Paul’s Midway. The 35-acre “SuperBlock” — a combination of the existing Midway Shopping Center strip mall and the blighted vacant land around it — could someday be home to parks, hotels, restaurants, housing and even a movie theater. On Thursday, strip mall owner RK Midway of New York took a major step toward putting that plan in motion. They announced that the Golden Valley-based M.A. Mortenson Co. — the same firm building Allianz Field for Minnesota United — would become master developer for the entire Snelling-Midway site along University Avenue and Snelling Avenue. In the short term, passers-by aren’t likely to notice many changes: construction of the stadium itself, some new green space, street approaches and the relocation of Big Top Liquors. And in the long term? Could hotels and a … [Read more...] about RK Midway picks Mortenson as master developer for Midway Shopping Center ‘SuperBlock’
North Minneapolis bus riders will have a direct route to northeast Minneapolis and St. Paul's Midway neighborhood starting Monday when new Route 30 debuts. The route will run on weekdays only along Golden Valley Road and West Broadway on the west side of the Mississippi River, and on Broadway Street east of the river. Buses will loop around the Quarry Shopping Center, then continue on Broadway Street through the northeast Minneapolis Industrial Area to Hwy. 280. In St. Paul, buses will follow Como Avenue and Hwy. 280 to University Avenue where the route ends next to the Raymond Avenue Station, which is one of the stops on the Metro Green Line. The light-rail service will begin on June 14. Created with funding through a federal grant to connect people to jobs outside the urban core, the new Route 30 will now allow riders to get across town without having to go downtown first, then transfer to the Route 61 Hennepin-Larpenteur route. Here are a couple exerpts from Metro Transit's Rider's … [Read more...] about New Metro Transit route to connect north, northeast Minneapolis and St. Paul’s Midway area
A soccer stadium is planned for a 10-acre site near I-94, Snelling Avenue and University Avenue in St. Paul. But there is much more to the project than a stadium, including the affiliated redevelopment of the area's entire 34.5-acre superblock that includes St. Paul's Midway Shopping Center. Officials say that redevelopment will be guided by a master plan to be developed by property owner RK Midway. The public will have input into the master plan in several ways, one of which is a Snelling-Midway Community Advisory Committee. That commitee will hold its first public meeting on Monday, Nov. 30, at the Midpointe Event Center at 415 N. Pascal St. in St. Paul. The meeting will be from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Topics will include community use and access, jobs, adjacent green space and much more, for the stadium site and master site. According to a press release, some of the committee members are not quite plucked from the general public. The committee includes: Bill McGuire, … [Read more...] about Advisory committee on Midway-Snelling development to begin meeting Nov. 30
Midway Shopping Center will no longer be an obstacle to construction of the new professional soccer stadium in St. Paul. Minnesota United principal owner Bill McGuire has reached a deal with the owner of the strip mall, Rick Birdoff and RK Midway, a St. Paul Port Authority official confirmed Friday. That gives the team control of the property and clears the way for the $200 million, privately financed stadium. Some tenants at the west end of the shopping center have been notified that they have 90 days to vacate. While much of the stadium site is on the 10-acre former “bus barn” site owned by the Metropolitan Council, at least part of United’s new home is on property owned by RK Midway. “The development agreement [McGuire] had with the city was to get team-acquired property. And he was able to accomplish his promises, and he was able to do it directly with him and Rick Birdoff. So I think it’s great,” said Lee Krueger, president of the Port … [Read more...] about Deal for Midway Shopping Center clears way for St. Paul soccer stadium construction