Vote designating St. Paul school as historic site fails

St. Paul City Council vote was unanimous

WCCO Radio Newsroom
June 06, 2019 - 4:49 am

A 5-0 vote Wednesday by the St. Paul City Council denied a historic designation to the former St. Andrew's Church site in Como Park.

Several groups, including some neighbors of the Twin Cities German Immersion School wanted to designate the former church as a historic site, preventing the school which now owns the building, from renovating the property.

City Council president Amy Brendmoen didn't think it was a good move. "I truly acknowledge that people have made it clear that they have emotional attachments to it," Brendmoen said. "I remain very uncomfortable asserting a designation on a building whose owner vigorously opposes the designation."

The school argued it could not have afforded to maintain the deteriorating property if the designation was approved.

They plan to build a new section of classrooms, a gym, and a cafeteria on the site of the church, which was built in 1927.

The school hopes to break ground sometime this summer with hopes of having a new school complete by spring 2020.

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