The Fort Road Federation serves as the district council and community development corporation for Saint Paul's 9th District, the West 7th St neighborhood.
Reimagining the Ford Railroad Spur
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
St Paul Jewish Community Center
Please join us to learn more about the exciting opportunity to “Reimagine the Railway” and think about new uses for the Ford Spur—a rail line that once served the Ford Motor site from downtown Saint Paul. The study will examine opportunities to redevelop the 5-mile railway corridor for walking and bicycling and will also consider its use as a potential public transit corridor.
You will hear more about the background and goals of this project and will have a chance to give the City your thoughts on how this corridor should look, feel and function in the future. Click here for more information. To learn more, go to stpaul.gov/FordSpurStudy
West End Garden Tour - Little Bohemia
Saturday, June 10, 2017
10 a.m to 4 p.m.
This year marks the tenth year of our West End Neighbors Garden Tour featuring residential, commercial and public yards and gardens. We refer to the area within West Seventh Street or Old Fort Road, Grand Avenue, 35E and the railroad to the west as Little Bohemia, one of the first neighborhoods of Minnesota. Early immigrants arrived via horse-drawn carts, the Mississippi, and the railroad. Some settled along the river out to Randolph Street, then known as the flats—even “Bohemian Flats.” Click here to download a copy of this year's event guide for details and more information.
Documents Available for the Riverview Corridor Study
Three documents have been added to the Riverview Corridor website. The Most Promising Alternatives booklet shows the transit routes and vehicles that will be carried forward into the detailed analysis.
The Preliminary Concepts booklet shows the existing conditions and illustrates the general concepts for accommodating bus and rail transit alternatives in the Riverview Corridor transitways. The booklets are available online as PDF documents. A new fact sheet describes the criteria to be applied in the detailed analysis. Results of the detailed evaluation are scheduled to be available for public review in March, along with a series of community meetings. The selection of a Locally Preferred Alternative is scheduled for this summer.
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.
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!
In the News
Schmidt Brewery will be the Midtown Global Market of St. Paul
Posted 8/16/16 by the Pioneer Press
The former Schmidt Brewery site in St. Paul is about to tap some of the hottest names in the Twin Cities food scene for a year-round, indoor/outdoor marketplace with restaurants from notable Twin Cities chefs and restaurateurs. More...
May 22, 2017, 7 p.m.
Fort Road Federation Office
974 West 7th Street
In May, there is a change to our monthly meeting of the board of directors. Normally, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
40 Years of Historic Preservation
Check out this new video from the City of Saint Paul.
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
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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