The Fort Road Federation serves as the district council and community development corporation for Saint Paul's 9th District, the West 7th St neighborhood.
Federation Hires a New Executive Director
Posted from the November Issue of the Community Reporter
Emily Northey has been named to the Federation’s combined position of Executive Director and Community Organizer, with the exciting opportunity to take Ed and Betty’s four decades of work and keep it moving forward. She is taking advantage of some overlap time with them to learn more about the lived history of the neighborhood. Listening and learning are her first priority. Read More...
Special Promotion: Small Business Saturday
Saturday, November 25
Would you like to drive more traffic to your business this holiday season? The West 7thBusiness Association (W7BA) is sponsoring Small Business Saturday® (SBS) for members on Saturday, November 25. Small Business Saturday is a holiday shopping tradition that celebrates small businesses like yours. Participating members will be provided posters, balloons and a limited supply of door mats, pens and buttons to help welcome shoppers into your store. The W7BA promote the event on social media, in print and on electronic media.
To get shoppers started, The W7BA Outreach Committee will host a Welcome Station in Artista Bottega’s Mural room. We’ll be open from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm with coffee and hot cider; bakery goods, SBS shopping bags and a guide to participating businesses. We encourage you to offer a discount, special, or coupon to include in the guide.
To sign up or for questions, please call Outreach Committee members Cindy Silkett at 651-343-5916 or Paula Faughender at 651-341-0933. You can also email to: Outreach@w7ba.org with questwww.w7ba.org/ions or concerns. For more information on the West 7th Business Association, go to www.w7ba.org.
Draft Locally Preferred Alternative Selected for the Riverview Corridor
The Riverview Corridor Policy Advisory Committee (PAC) voted on October 12 to approve a Technical Advisory Committee recommendation for a modern streetcar route along West 7th Street as the draft locally preferred alternative or "LPA" for creating a new transit connection between downtown Saint Paul, a number of different neighborhoods, Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Mall of America.
The transit line would directly serve neighborhoods in Saint Paul with connections to both the Blue Line and Green Line light rail transit lines.
Click here for more information on the Riverview Corridor study.
Explore the History and Evolution of West 7th Street
West Seventh is a very diverse area. Its buildings include some of the oldest in the city as well as some of the newest. Once an important industrial district and transportation hub, it is now largely residential and commercial. Its population has declined and evolved from the early twentieth century but remains home to a
mixture of middle and working class households.
In cooperation with Macalester College, the Fort Road Federation has created a new and interest look at the History of West 7th Street through a new neighborhood tour, demographic research on the people who have called West 7th Street home, and fascination "Spyglass" technology that let's the user look into a comparison from Old Fort Road to West 7th Street!
Victoria Park Updates
A lot of work occurred fall and winter of 2016-17, giving residents a chance to enjoy the new amenity. Work included construction of a 12’ wide paved trail along the bluff with overlook, berms to the south side of the park, and Stewart Avenue and associated parking were completed. Trees and landscaping along Stewart Avenue and the parking lot will be installed spring 2017.
In January, restoration work will begin with the intent of restoring the upper and lower bluff area as well as disturbed floodplain areas. Trees targeted for removal include buckthorn, diseased ash, and weedy trees such as black locust and Siberian elm.
Finally, an overall master plan for the future universally accessible play area was developed in 2016. The final concept plan is available on the project website in case you have not had a chance to view the vision for St. Paul’s first universally accessible play area. Visit the project website for more information.
November 13, 2017, 7 p.m.
Fort Road Federation Office
974 West 7th Street
The Federation's Board of Directors meet the 2nd Monday of each month to discuss issues and events that impact the community.
Meetings are open to the public. For more information: 651-298-5599 or email@example.com
40 Years of Historic Preservation
Check out this new video from the City of Saint Paul.
The Riverview Corridor study focuses on identifying opportunities to
improve mobility and enhance development between downtown St. Paul to MSP International Airport and the Mall of America. Help shape the corridor vision by providing input on transit needs. Click here for more information.
2018 High Bridge Maintenance Project
The Minnesota Department of Transportation is planning future improvements to Smith Avenue and Dodd Road—Highway 149—in St. Paul, West St. Paul and Mendota Heights, including resurfacing the High Bridge. More...
Highbridge Video Tour
Take a video ride along with a couple of Minnesota Department of Transportation bridge inspectors and get a view of the St. Paul High Bridge that few folks ever get to see on the MnDOT Facebook page. Find out details about future improvements to the bridge at http://bit.ly/1Jie1w
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