The Southeast area of Roseville continues to be an identified priority to the City of Roseville. In 2016 the City adopted the City’s Policy Priority Plan identifying strategic initiatives for the area. The City of Roseville has since partnered with various organizations and jurisdictions to explore how the area might revitalize and create opportunities for the community.
In 2018, the cities of Maplewood, Roseville, and St. Paul adopted a visioning plan for the Rice Street-Larpenteur Avenue Gateway Corridor. The cities cooperatively developed a vision for the short- and long-term future of the area. The purpose of the project is to understand and respond to barriers, challenges, benefits, and opportunities associated with changes in land use, access, transit services, and other facilities around key areas in the corridor. A shared goal is to identify potential redevelopment sites throughout the study area.
In April 2019, the City Council approved a Comprehensive Plan Land Use Map change guiding the property at 211 North McCarrons from “Institutional” to “Low Density Residential.” The property is the site of the former armory and is currently owned by Hand in Hand Christian Montessori. The rezoning of this property allows efforts to move forward to use the property in a way that is in line with the City’s Policy Priority Plan for the Southeast Roseville area.
Southeast Roseville Interagency Work Group (SRIWG) (formerly "Karen Interagency Work Group")
The Southeast Roseville Interagency Work Group (SRIWG) (formerly “Karen Interagency Work Group”) was established in 2014 and includes several nonprofit groups and social services agencies. The focus of the SRIWG is to better understand refugee resettlement issues and to find available resources to support new immigrants. It is open to Roseville residents, organizations and community leaders who are interested in finding solutions to challenges identified by SRIWG.
SRIWG worked to address the issue and need of safe, affordable housing in the community. In 2013, City Council approved a Rental Licensing Program, which allows City staff to inspect rental units and work with property owners to make substandard units compliant with City Code.
Information on the Rental Licensing Program can be found here.
In 2015, SRIWG worked with ECHO Minnesota and a variety of housing agencies to produce and distribute a video about renter rights and responsibilities. The video is now available in five languages: Karen, Hmong, Somali, Spanish and English. Additionally, the Minnesota Literacy Council has developed an English Language Learner (ELL) curriculum on rental rights and responsibilities that was piloted in 14 different schools. The ELL program was launched in Roseville Area Schools in 2016.
View the Renter's Rights and Responsibilities video here.
Another initiative identified by the SRIWG included linking our Southeast Roseville residents with opportunities for healthy food. The Rice Street Gardens, located at 1958 Rice Street, contains more than 200 plots and is within walking distance for many people living in the Southeast Roseville area.
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