October 5, 2005
Paul's Wacouta Commons neighborhood
dedicates a new park on Sunday, October 9
Since 2000, this neighborhood has been transformed
from a collection of parking lots to a selection of residential
housing options, and now, a neighborhood with its own park.
In the past several years, the part of Saint Paul
previously known at the North Quadrant has been transformed from
a collection of parking lots to a neighborhood that is home to approximately
500 residents, multiple housing options (including eight Habitat
for Humanity Homes) and now, its own park. On Sunday, October
9, the Wacouta Commons Neighborhood gathers at the completed Wacouta
Commons Park to celebrate.
Wacouta Commons Park Dedication Sunday, October 9
p.m.: Music by an ensemble from McNally
p.m.: Park dedication ceremony led by pastors of
the neighboring churches, joined by Saint Paul Mayor Randy Kelly
and Bob Bierscheid, Director of Saint Paul Parks and Recreation
p.m.: Community bulb planting.
to 6 p.m.: Loft Model Open House at Printer's Row,
the newest residential building in the neighborhood
- Homeowners and apartment dwellers in the developing
Wacouta Commons Neighborhood
- Leaders and members of first Baptist and Saint
Mary's churches, both of which neighbor the park
- Representatives of CapitolRiver Council; the
City of Saint Paul's Parks and Recreation Department and Lander
Sherman Urban Development who collaborated with the neighborhood
to design and develop the park
Commons Park, bordered on the north by Ninth Street, on the east
by Wacouta Street, on the south by Eighth Street and on the west
by Sibley Street
- Green Space
- Children’s Play Area
- Dog Run
Urban Development first broke ground on the Wacouta Commons neighborhood
in the fall of 2000. The idea of having the Wacouta Commons
community centered on green space was part of the vision from the
Wacouta Common Park grew out of a
collaborative community effort involving the neighborhood, coordinated
through the Capitol River Council; the City of Saint Paul’'s
Parks and Recreation Department and Lander Sherman Urban Development,
the developer who designed and constructed new housing and retail
space in the new neighborhood.
The area has a rich history as one of Saint Paul's
upscale residential neighborhoods and later as an architecturally
significant warehouse district, before it became primarily a small
collection of surface parking lots for downtown workers.
The project partners involved with the Wacouta
Commons Park include the City of St. Paul Parks and Recreation,
City of St. Paul Public Works and the Metropolitan Council.
Lander Sherman is donating a plaque for the park's entrance.
Today, the Wacouta Commons Neighborhood includes
the following residential housing.
on the Park and Dakota brownstone condominiums
Park and Sibley Court apartments
Court Senior Apartments
Row condominiums – model now open, 50% sold
collection of neighborhood-based retailers is also part of the mix.
further information on Wacouta Commons neighborhood ownership housing
go to www.landergroup.com
A neighborhood celebration and park dedication
are being planned for 12:30 p.m., Sunday, October 9 (ceremony begins
at 12:45 p.m.). Pastors from the neighboring churches will lead
a blessing and project stakeholders will officially dedicate the
park and add it to the City of Saint Paul’s extensive roster
of city parks. The loft model at the new Printer’s Row condominium
development 1⁄2-block from the park will also hold an open
house from noon-6:00 p.m. Further details about the event can be
found at www.landergroup.com and www.capitolrivercouncil.org