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Cleveland Ave. bike lane open house, hearing set for Feb. 29

fmelo@pioneerpress.com

When the city of St. Paul installs bike lanes along Cleveland Avenue between Highland Parkway and University Avenue, dozens of in-street parking spots will disappear, though new half-block parking bays will take their place.

In addition, the city plans changes to three permit parking areas.

The prospect of losing street parking has alarmed many residents and business owners. Even cyclists who favor the bike lanes have taken issue with aspects of the new design, calling it incomplete. Proponents said the lanes could have been completed at little cost during a Ramsey County mill-and-overlay project last summer.

Eager to address those concerns, city planners will walk residents through proposed parking changes during a project open house at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 29 at the University of St. Thomas in the third floor of the Anderson Student Center’s Woulfe Alumni Hall, 2115 Summit Ave. The main entrance is off Summit and Cretin avenues.

The St. Paul City Council will host a public hearing on the bike lanes and changes to three permit parking areas at 5:30 p.m. March 16 at St. Paul City Hall, 15 W. Kellogg Boulevard.

City officials say the bike route is an important north-south corridor and was supported by a community working group in November. A summary of the engineering recommendations has been posted online on the Cleveland Avenue Bike Lanes project website at stpaul.gov.

The basic changes include:

No parking on either side of Cleveland between Randolph and Summit, except for the new parking bays.

No parking on the west side of Cleveland between Summit and Myrtle.

Two new half-block parking bays will be constructed for business customers on the west side of Cleveland from Palace south to the alley and on the east side of Cleveland from Randolph north to the ally.

Permit Parking Area 16 will be altered. The west side of Cleveland from Dayton to Marshall will be revised from “one-hour parking, 24 hours per day, except by permit” to “no parking.” Residential addresses 163-197 Cleveland Ave. will still be eligible to purchase up to four vehicle permits and two visitor permits per household.

The east side of Cleveland between Dayton and the alleyway will be signed “onehour parking, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.”

Other proposed changes include new short-term parking for the 128 Cafe; a new two-hour parking area within Permit Parking Area 18 on both sides of Laurel from Cleveland to 85 feet east; and modifications to Permit Parking Area 22 on the south side of Grand Avenue from Finn Street to the alley west of Cleveland to create onehour parking for nearby businesses.

New short-term parking will also be created on the south side of Randolph east of Cleveland to accommodate businesses. There will be time-limited parking on a portion of Sargent Avenue to accommodate the Kehilat Sar Shalom congregation.

More information is at stpaul.gov/bikeprojects.

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