Activities and Services of the Saint Paul Riverfront Corporation

Project Design Reviews
We work with the cities and developers to help plan projects that complement an overall vision. This non-regulatory review process takes place early in the programming and design phase of a project, long before site plan reviews, and is often required by Saint Paul’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority to facilitate completion of development agreements.

Design Workshops
We lead design workshops around key development areas or projects. Published results of these workshops frequently serve as interim precinct plans until more extensive plans can be developed. Workshops identify components of urban form, ecology, public realm and movement.

Precinct Planning
We lead neighborhood-scale precinct plan development with City staff and consultants, developing objectives and guidelines for public realm, land use, ecology, movement and built form. Precinct plans, which typically have a  quarter-mile radius, are best accomplished with impending development and investment commitments.

Urban Design
Putting principles to practice, we occasionally lead or engage teams to implement key public realm investments. Projects have included Harriet Island, Landmark Plaza, the City House Municipal Grain Terminal and the 5th and 6th Street Streetscape.

Best Practices Research
We research and review urban planning and design trends being advanced around the world, seeking best practices that hold promise for a specific project.

Community Design Charrettes and Design Mediation
We facilitate design-based, collaborative charrettes that harness the talents and energies of all interested parties. As the work of city building can be contentious, we are also called upon by elected officials and community leaders to help resolve and mediate community debates around development and policy issues, with a particular focus on projects that impact the river valley and the downtown core.

Tools and Resoure Development
We research and develops tools, reports, best management practices, plans and other resources for clients and the community. A full list can be found in the Tools & Resources section of this website.