The Fort Road Federation serves as the district council and community development corporation for Saint Paul's 9th District, the West 7th St neighborhood.
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!
Spring and Sherman Streets Sewer Project
This summer the St. Paul Public Works Sewer Utility is rehabilitating the Sherman sanitary sewage lift station and forcemain located at the intersection of Spring and Sherman Streets. The Sherman Lift station serves over 160-acres of commercial, industrial, and residential properties; including Upper Landing, District Energy, Science Museum, and portions of Irvine Park neighborhood.
The project is to be substantially completed before October 31, 2016. Timing of the landscaping restoration work is dependent on project start, and may need to occur in the spring of 2017. Click here to see a map of the project location. A more detailed construction schedule will be communicated later in May or June. More...
35E Bridge Repair
The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled bridge repair at three locations along 35E that will impact the West 7th Street neighborhood. Work is scheduled for June 6, 2016 through September 7, 2016. Repair work will occur at 35E at Ramsey St./Grand Ave., East Grand Ave., St Clair Ave. and Randolph Ave. west of downtown St. Paul. The work will provide smoother bridge surfaces and extends service life of roadway, bridges and drainage systems. More...
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
In the News
The serpents of St. Paul: The West 7th Street neighborhood is a haven for garter snakes
Posted 5/7/16 by MinnPost
Unless you live there, it’s a little known fact that the West 7th Street neighborhood is full of snakes. On neighborhood facebook pages, posts about garter snakes appear like clockwork every spring and summer. People generally express amazement, surprise, or sometimes fear about the non-harmful snakes appearing in their yards or, less frequently, basements. More...
With a dozen projects on tap, St. Paul’s W. 7th Street braces for change
Posted 4/12/16 by the Pioneer Press
Some residents along West Seventh Street used to feel a need to defend their neighborhood. Dotted with small coffee shops, one-room art galleries and eclectic housing that sometimes shows its age, it was, they insisted, a diamond in the rough. More...
Opportunity discovered at old St. Paul movie theater
Posted 3/17/2016 by the StarTribue
It’s been nearly 60 years since anyone paid an admission to be entertained at the movie theater at 929 7th St. W. in St. Paul. The long-vacant, 100-year-old building once housed the Garden Theater. As recently as four months ago, it was targeted by the city for condemnation and demolition. More...
Renovated Palace Community Center a New Nexus of Neighborhood Activity
Posted on 2/2/2016 by The Line
In the 1970s, the Palace Community Center in the West 7th area of downtown St. Paul was “a very popular place,” recalls Christopher Stark, architect for the St. Paul Department of Parks & Recreation. “But it was also very heavy and dark and closed in, without any windows, like a lot of community buildings of the era.” More...
40 Years of Historic Preservation
Check out this new video from the City of Saint Paul.
September 12, 2016, 7 p.m.
(no meeting in August)
Fort Road Federation Office
974 West 7th Street
The Fort Road Federation's Board of Directors meets 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
FRF Park Committee Selects New Name - Quarry Farm Park
“Quarry Farm Park” has been selected for the name of the overall park, reflecting its history as both a quarry and a farm. Some of the places inside Quarry Farm Park have been named as well, including:
Main overlook: Bald Eagle Overlook
Foundations bins: Stockman’s Rest
Downhill Path: Ferry Hill Road
Path from Shepard: Old Fort Road
South Pond: Shrub Carr Pond
Birding Area: Darwin Downs
The main name change will go before the City Council, the internal ones are or the Parks Department to approve.
Visit their park webpage for more information.
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.
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