A bold approach to furthering density, vitality and desirability in downtown Saint Paul

The Saint Paul Downtown Alliance is leading an effort in partnership with public and private stakeholders to create a development strategy that furthers density, vitality, and desirability in downtown Saint Paul. The Downtown Investment Strategy will identify three to five priority development opportunities and/or initiatives based on stakeholder input, community engagement, market analysis, and an economic impact assessment.

Urban strategy consulting firm James Lima Planning + Development (JLP+D) has been hired by the Alliance to develop the Downtown Investment Strategy, along with the local Minneapolis office of global design firm Perkins+Will and Saint Paul-based real estate and engagement firm NEOO Partners.

Partner organizations

  • City of Saint Paul
  • Ramsey County
  • Saint Paul Port Authority
  • Saint Paul Area Chamber
  • Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Visit Saint Paul
  • CapitolRiver Council
  • Knight Foundation
  • Metropolitan Council
  • Downtown corporate partners

Steering committee

  • Christophe Beck (co-chair), Ecolab
  • Chris Hilger (co-chair), Securian Financial
  • Mayor Melvin Carter, City of Saint Paul
  • Commissioner Trista MatasCastillo, Ramsey County Board of Commissioners
  • Todd Hurley, Saint Paul Port Authority
  • B Kyle, Saint Paul Area Chamber
  • Tina Gassman, Saint Paul Building Owners and Managers Association
  • Charlie Zelle, Metropolitan Council
  • Jon Fure, CapitolRiver Council
  • Councilmember Rebecca Noecker, Saint Paul City Council
  • Jai Winston, Knight Foundation
  • Matt Majka, Minnesota Wild


  • Winter/spring 2023: Market and economic impact analyses
  • Spring/summer 2023: Stakeholder outreach and focus groups
  • Summer/fall 2023: Additional community engagement
  • Fall/winter 2023: Additional market and economic impact analyses
  • Final strategy: Early 2024

Engagement opportunities

If you'd like to provide input, please feel free to fill out our questionnaire here.