Serving the neighborhoods of Frogtown, Mt. Airy, Capitol Heights, & East Midway since 1970.
Help Shape The Future Of University Avenue
FNA and the City of St. Paul invite you to participate in a series of workshops to help design the future development of the Saxon Ford Site (253- 255 University Avenue.
Workshop I: Gather Information Wed. Feb 5th 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Workshop II: Development Scenarios- The Block Exercise Wed Feb 19th 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Workshop III: Developer Panel Wed. March 5th 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Workshop IV: Framing the Recommendations
Wed March 19th 2014 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
University Buffet 225 University Ave. W, St. Paul
For more information, contact: Caty Royce, Frogtown Neighborhood Association, 651-789-7480 or email@example.com
Eduardo Barrera St. Paul Dept. of Planning and Economic Development, 651-266-6585 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Gretchen Nicholls, Twin Cities LISC at 651-265-2280 or email@example.com
Preserve Frogtown: 452 Thomas
Preserve Frogtown became a reality this year!! The new Preserve Frogtown LLC purchased 452 Thomas and is rehabilitating the property for sale, hopefully to a Frogtown resident this summer. Built in 1889, 452 Thomas is an example a pattern book Victorian house and housed many different Frogtown families through the years. The Twin Cities Land Bank will purchase 573 Charles from Habitat for Humanity and hold the property while Preserve Frogtown works with the community to decide how we redevelop the historic building and to whom we market the home after rehab.
An initiative to honor and promote the cultural and architectural heritage of this resilient working class community, we hope to brand Frogtown as a special place to live and work. Preserve Frogtown will also do intensive outreach to the blocks closest to our rehabilitation projects and bring housing resources to our neighbors there.
The Creative Thinkers is a group or local artists that were assembled for the purpose of finding creative solutions to issues in the community. This is a group of artists, who have shown commitment to building the community of Frogtown and are committed to Frogtown’s future prosperity. This group currently includes: Sheronda Orridge, Tou Saiko Lee, Leroy Duncan, Seitu Jones, Justin James and Fres Thao. We are looking to expand this group in the future and build with more artists around the community.
So far, The Creative Thinkers have been involved in two projects. The first project was the Lot Squat. The Lot Squat was a series of performances, art activities, and community engagement that went on throughout the summer of 2013. The purpose was to get the community thinking about the housing, foreclosure and vacant lot issues in Frogtown. It was also a way to get feedback from residents on their ideas of how to turn vacant lots into a community space, rather than just leaving it as an unused piece of land in the neighborhood.
The current project that the Creative Thinkers are working on is focused more on housing issues. Frogtown Neighborhood Association, in partnership with Preserve Frogtown, are purchasing, renovating, and re-selling vacant houses in Frogtown instead of allowing them to go into demolition. The Creative Thinkers are rallying around this and finding new innovative ways to market and draw interest into these houses by utilizing their artistic talents and also by connecting with the local community. This project will carry on through the Summer of 2014 and beyond.