The Latest on Business Projects in District 10
Tuesday, December 20, 2016 9:55 PM

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An overview of renovation plans on the first floor of Como Park Senior High School.

For information on the reconstruction of Wheelock Parkway, see this article.

For information on the new crosswalk on Lexington Parkway, see this article.

For information on the expansion of Hmong College Prep Academy, see this article.

For information on Como Park Senior Living (on the former Sholom Home property), see this article.

Como Park Senior High School
The Saint Paul School District plans a major renovation of the school, which began in spring 2017. From the outside, the most visible changes will be a new turf athletic field on the west side of the building; a dramatic new main entrance directly facing Grotto; a two-story, 21,000-square-food classroom addition on the southwest corner of the building; and minor improvements to other athletic facilities east of the school. Inside, the building will get new lockers; updated HVAC systems and plumbing; fire sprinklers; and an extensively renovated commons and cafeteria area. The first phase of the project was installing synthetic turf and lights on the athletic field west of the school. This work, which includes an underground stormwater management system, took place in summer 2017. 

Work will take three summers and is expected to be complete when classes begin in fall of 2019.

The Falls of Bandana Square Event Center
A Utah-based company plans to renovate the 20,000-square-foot "chimneys" building, which once housed the Minnesota Children’s Museum and, before that, was a blacksmith shop during the days of the Northern Pacific Railroad. Renovation will create rental space for weddings, corporate trainings, private parties, fund-raisers, and similar events.

The developer received the necessary zoning variances for parking in spring 2017; the project is now lining up financing, says John Neubauer, corporate general manager of Falls Events Centers. Because of the historic nature of the building, the project will need approval from Saint Paul's Heritage Preservation Commission before construction can begin.

One hall will have a capacity of about 300-350; a smaller hall will hold 100-150. The center will not serve food or alcohol; instead, events bring in their own caterer or licensed bartenders, as needed, Neubauer says. Events need to shut down by midnight, he says, and although the renovation will include an outdoor patio, outdoor music is not allowed.

The Falls Event Center currently operates eight other locations in the western U.S., and is building more.

International Institute of Minnesota
The International Institute, 1694 Como Ave., plans to build an addition on the west side of its current building across from the Fairgrounds. The nonprofit -- which provides resettlement of refugees, job training, language classes, and citizenship assistance -- intends to add 20,000 square feet once fund-raising is complete, says executive director Jane Graupman. The addition is possible because the City of Saint Paul and nearby property owners agreed with the institute’s request for the city to vacate Aldine St. – which existed only on maps, not in reality.

Updated Aug. 28, 2017

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