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Monday, October 25, 2021

West St. Paul: Apartments and retail space could replace Dodgeway Shopping Center

The West St. Paul Dodgeway Shopping Center may undergo massive change in the coming years.

Pastor Properties, the owner of retail complexes at Dodd Road and Smith Avenue, has put forward a proposal that will replace it with a mix of retail and apartments. There will be two apartment buildings with a total of 147 units.

Plans include a future location for grocery store Oxendale Market, a major tenant in Dodgeway.

West St. Paul officials said the proposal is very early in development, with no price tag or timeline set.

Converting Dodgeway into a mixed-use location could help refurbish West St. Paul’s small retail section, said city planning commissioner Morgan Kavanaugh.

“It is an old strip centre, it has a lot of vacancies. I think there’s a lot of interest and desire to see something revived out there,” Kavanaugh said. City officials note the 2020 opening of the nearby Foodsmith Bistro-Pub as an example of interest in revitalizing the area.

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There are no plans to get rid of the small Albert Park at the intersection, although Pastor Properties could incorporate it into a plaza that adjoins the apartments. According to initial plans, a permanent memorial will also be built for Scott Patrick, a police officer who died while on duty in 2014.

Before the project is finalized, officials from West St. Paul and Pastor will communicate with community members and people living around Dodgeway and get an opinion on what they would like to see in the area.

“Any time you can convert a high visibility corner from a rundown strip center into a new mixed-use property, I think it’s a good thing for the city long term,” Kavanaugh said.

The project will be the latest development in the Dakota County city, which has about $200 million in ongoing projects near the main street of Robert Street.

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