Wacouta Commons - Downtown St. Paul
Planners love to talk about creating new urban residential neighborhoods out of old industrial districts, but fact is, most planner talk remains talk. Wacouta Commons beat those long odds. This six-block area defined by E. 7th and 10th streets, Temperance and Wacouta was part of an arts-related district prosaically designated by the city as the Northeast Quadrant (reflecting its location on the northeast corner of Downtown).
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Downtown St. Paul's Wacouta Commons Becomes a Condo Hot Bed
In the late-1990s, this part of the Quadrant was mostly populated by a scattering of obsolete, early 20th century warehouses and surface parking lots—not an attractive setting for housing despite a super-convenient location, just uphill from Lowertown and an easy walk into Downtown as well as to the thousands of state jobs around the Capitol.
But the City of St. Paul had an idea, really, a visionary notion at the time. By creating a new park as a focus, very much like the colonial-era New England commons that we now call Greens, this central public space could anchor a revitalized mixed-use residential community. And lo, it came to pass. Thanks to experienced, enlightened developers, four phases of housing have been opened, with a final phase still to come.
The Wacouta Commons development is an archetype of what urbanists call for in successfully repopulating major American downtowns: a mix of new and restored buildings, lofts, townhouses, and flats, condominiums and rentals, and serving a range of incomes from low-cost rental units to senior housing to upscale condominiums.
Visually, the city and developer found a creative architectural middle ground, with designs that are sympathetic to the nearby historic fabric without being overly deferential to what were, after all, mostly architecturally unremarkable, functional structures. And while the requisite brick is prominent throughout the neighborhood, stucco in rich hues adds welcome color. All in all, Wacouta Commons has been a remarkable transformation.
The redevelopment was mostly comprised of the new construction projects which included: Dakota on the Park, Essex on the Park, Printers Row. An edgy factory conversion called 9th Street Lofts also helped transform this neighborhood.
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