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MIND OUR DUST!
Supporting Businesses During
Construction
Ellen Muller, Economic Development Manager
City of Saint Paul
Dep...
City of Saint Paul’s
Activities Around the LRT
 Central Corridor (CC) Development Strategy & Station Area
Planning
 Fina...
3
Let’s Follow this Money……
Parking Management/Mitigation
CC Ready4Rail Small Business
Mitigation Loan Program
Neighborhood Commercial Parking Pilot Program
$2.1 Million
24 parking improvement projects
Represent more than 40 busine...
Residential Buffering $100,000
Vietnam Center Project
 Concentrated in one area to be most impactful and will be used to
...
Help for businesses taking right steps to prepare
Up to $2 million in annual gross sales
Located on the LRT line or with...
Ability to apply 60 days or more after construction start
Application process through the two loan administrators selecte...
 $ 500,000 from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative
 $2.5 Million from the Metropolitan Council (non FTA funds)
...
R4R Loan Program Management
9
 Developed Detailed Program & Guidelines
 Established JPA to Administer the Loan Program a...
10
 Diligent to Ensure Only Eligible Business Applied
 City Notified LA with Decision on Applicant Summary & Provided
Le...
Prepare, Survive & Thrive
Business Resources Collaborative
11
Business Resources Collaborative
12
• Midway Chamber of
Commerce
• Minneapolis Regional
Chamber of Commerce
• Saint Paul A...
BUSINESS SUPPORT
13
MARKETING
14
Ready for Rail Action Pack
15
Ready for Rail Checklist
 Construction
Communication Brochure
 Construction Timelines
 S...
16
Businesses Served
by the Loan Program
Loan Pool $4,000,000
Minneapolis Allocation $ 900,000
Saint Paul Allocation $3...
17
Opened/Closed 134 Opened
90 Closed
25 Moved Within Corridor
31 Moved Off of the Corridor
13 Net Gain
 64% of Business...
18
ERICA STRAIT, FOXY FALAFEL • 791 RAYMOND AVE
SHEGITU KEBEDE, FLAMINGO RESTAURANT • 490 SYNDICATE ST N
10/9/2014 19
EDNA & TONY, TRUNG NAM FRENCH BAKERY • 739 UNIVERSITY AVE W
MAELENE RHODES, EARTH'S BEAUTY SUPPLY • 608 UNIVE...
20
MARYNA VONG, THE NAIL SHOP • 315 UNIVERSITY AVE W - Western Station
21
JIANG & IRENE YEH, UNIVERSITY BUFFET • 225 UNIVERSITY AVE WEST
SARA REMKE, BLACK DOG COFFEE & WINE BAR • 308 PRINCE ST
22
Contact Information:
Ellen Muller
Economic Development Manager
City of Saint Paul
Department of Planning and
Economic D...
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RV 2014: Mind Our Dust- Supporting Businesses During Construction by Ellen Muller

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Mind Our Dust: Supporting Businesses During Construction AICP CM 1.5

Supporting existing businesses during transit construction is a priority. Transit agencies, regional and city partners across the country have developed a wide array of assistance programs to keep businesses well-positioned during construction. What works? What doesn't? How do you get businesses to take advantage of the programs early and well in advance of construction? Explore a variety of programs with a wide range of services including how to carve out budget for business support initiatives, way-finding/directional signage, marketing, business counseling, technical assistance, loan programs, grants and peer-to-peer forums. Learn how to use support from partners to customize programs for each unique community.

Moderator: Terry J. Gruver, Vice President, HDR | InfraConsult, Phoenix, Arizona
Va-Megn Thoj, Executive Director, Asian Economic Development Association, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jennifer Koozer, Community Affairs Representative, Trimet, Portland, Oregon
Ellen Muller, Economic Development Manager, City of Saint Paul, Department of Planning and Economic Development, St. Paul, Minnesota

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RV 2014: Mind Our Dust- Supporting Businesses During Construction by Ellen Muller

  1. 1. MIND OUR DUST! Supporting Businesses During Construction Ellen Muller, Economic Development Manager City of Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development Rail~Volution September 22, 2014
  2. 2. City of Saint Paul’s Activities Around the LRT  Central Corridor (CC) Development Strategy & Station Area Planning  Final Design & Construction Coordination with CC/ Green Line Project Office  Public Systems Operational Issues – Permit Parking, Street Maintenance, Alley Policies  CC Zoning Study follow-up  CC Brownfields Assessment Grant  CC Storm water Master Plan  CC Design Center (TOD Guidebook)  Parking Management/Mitigation  CC Ready4Rail Small Business Mitigation Loan Program 2
  3. 3. 3 Let’s Follow this Money…… Parking Management/Mitigation CC Ready4Rail Small Business Mitigation Loan Program
  4. 4. Neighborhood Commercial Parking Pilot Program $2.1 Million 24 parking improvement projects Represent more than 40 businesses and will improve more than 500 parking spaces Alley Improvements $350,000 Widening, reconstruction and repaving of 16 alleys 4
  5. 5. Residential Buffering $100,000 Vietnam Center Project  Concentrated in one area to be most impactful and will be used to bury utilities in the alley behind a block long, transit-oriented development 5
  6. 6. Help for businesses taking right steps to prepare Up to $2 million in annual gross sales Located on the LRT line or within 1 block of construction Can show construction had significant business impact In current location at least 1 year Completed Ready for Rail Training 6 Small Business Mitigation Loan Program
  7. 7. Ability to apply 60 days or more after construction start Application process through the two loan administrators selected 0% forgivable loan up to $20,000 Additional $10,000 for high impact areas under direct construction for 2+ years 5 year term with 1 year deferral 20% forgiven each year as long at business remains open on the corridor 7
  8. 8.  $ 500,000 from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative  $2.5 Million from the Metropolitan Council (non FTA funds)  Additional $1 Million of “swapped” funds from the City of Saint Paul’s “Streetscapes Improvement Allocation” 8 Sources for the Loan Program
  9. 9. R4R Loan Program Management 9  Developed Detailed Program & Guidelines  Established JPA to Administer the Loan Program and Funds  Established JPA for Saint Paul to Run the Program on Behalf of Both Cities  Released RFP to CDC Community  Created One-Page Applicant Summary for LA to Submit to City of Saint Paul for Review & Approval  City Loan Committee Review Expedited by Electronic Review & Majority Consensus
  10. 10. 10  Diligent to Ensure Only Eligible Business Applied  City Notified LA with Decision on Applicant Summary & Provided Letter for the Applicant Indicating Decision  LA Created Loan Docs & Managed “Dry” Loan Closing  Signed Docs Routed to City for Signatures  City Wired Funds to LA  Loan Administrators Prepared Check for Mail or Pick up by Applicants  Turn-A-Round from Time Applicant Summary to Check in Hand: 2-3 weeks  Loan Administrators Responsible for Annual Certificate of Occupancy for Annual Loan Forgiveness Process
  11. 11. Prepare, Survive & Thrive Business Resources Collaborative 11
  12. 12. Business Resources Collaborative 12 • Midway Chamber of Commerce • Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce • Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce • Southeast Business Association • Stadium Village Commercial Association • University Avenue Business Association • West Bank Business Association • African Development Center • Asian Economic Development Association • Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers • Neighborhood Development Center • University Avenue Business Preparation • Collaborative (U-7) •City of St. Paul •City of Minneapolis •Metropolitan Council Business Government Community
  13. 13. BUSINESS SUPPORT 13
  14. 14. MARKETING 14
  15. 15. Ready for Rail Action Pack 15 Ready for Rail Checklist  Construction Communication Brochure  Construction Timelines  Small Business Support Services  Small Business Loan Program Information  Key Contacts Card
  16. 16. 16 Businesses Served by the Loan Program Loan Pool $4,000,000 Minneapolis Allocation $ 900,000 Saint Paul Allocation $3,100,000 Allocated To Date $3,943,673 Remaining $56,327 Applications in Cue (2) Served 209 Businesses
  17. 17. 17 Opened/Closed 134 Opened 90 Closed 25 Moved Within Corridor 31 Moved Off of the Corridor 13 Net Gain  64% of Business Owned by people of color  32% of the Businesses Owned by Women, with almost ¾ of these being women of color  17.5% reported pre-construction monthly sales of less than $5,000  Average Loan Amount $17,948 Businesses Served by the Loan Program
  18. 18. 18 ERICA STRAIT, FOXY FALAFEL • 791 RAYMOND AVE SHEGITU KEBEDE, FLAMINGO RESTAURANT • 490 SYNDICATE ST N
  19. 19. 10/9/2014 19 EDNA & TONY, TRUNG NAM FRENCH BAKERY • 739 UNIVERSITY AVE W MAELENE RHODES, EARTH'S BEAUTY SUPPLY • 608 UNIVERSITY AVE W
  20. 20. 20 MARYNA VONG, THE NAIL SHOP • 315 UNIVERSITY AVE W - Western Station
  21. 21. 21 JIANG & IRENE YEH, UNIVERSITY BUFFET • 225 UNIVERSITY AVE WEST SARA REMKE, BLACK DOG COFFEE & WINE BAR • 308 PRINCE ST
  22. 22. 22 Contact Information: Ellen Muller Economic Development Manager City of Saint Paul Department of Planning and Economic Development ellen.muller@ci.stpaul.mn.us 651-266-6605

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