Mayor Chris Coleman broke ground on the Penfield Project today, a long-awaited mixed-use redevelopment which is set to bring a full-service Lunds grocery store to downtown residents, set beneath 254 market-rate apartments.
“I am thrilled that the first tangible step in providing our downtown residents with a full-service grocery store is finally underway,” Mayor Chris Coleman said. “Projects like this help fulfill the needs of our downtown population and they help drive future investment. This project is catalytic for downtown Saint Paul. It drives vitality near the Central Corridor and contributes to the city’s economic stability. After a long wait, this project is becoming a reality.”
Plans for the Penfield have been in progress for more than 8 years. Following the 2008 economic recession, the Saint Paul HRA took the project over, and construction is now underway.
“I want to thank the downtown business people and residents who have fought for this project. For two decades, the Capitol River Council has identified a major downtown grocery store as its top priority. They have succeeded! Thanks too to the creative and hardworking HRA staff who made this work and finally to the late Sherman Rutzick who conceived the idea in the first place,” said HRA Board Chair Dave Thune.
The $62 million mixed-use development, bound by 11th, Robert, 10th and Minnesota streets, will include a 28,000 square-foot Lunds grocery store—something downtown residents have sought for a decade.
“There is a tremendous need for a full-service grocery store in the downtown Saint Paul community, and we are looking forward to providing area residents and workers with our brand of quality, service and expertise,” said Tres Lund, chairman and CEO of Lund Food Holdings. “We applaud Mayor Coleman and city officials for their continued commitment to bringing more vitality to Saint Paul through projects such as the Union Depot, Central Corridor light rail and the Penfield development that will include our Lunds.”
The Saint Paul HRA is the sole member of Penfield Apartments LLC, which will own the apartments. The building’s construction will result in more than 200 construction jobs, and create 75 full and part-time new jobs when the building is completed.