For those unfamiliar with the east side of the Twin Cities, Robert St. is a busy thoroughfare bisecting West St. Paul and stretching into downtown St. Paul. It is a mecca of practical shopping and fast casual dining, with a Home Depot, Lowe’s, Menards, Cub Foods, Chipotle, Qdoba, Noodles, and Target all within a mile stretch of road. There are also a handful of medical and chiropractic practices, printing/shipping stores, sit-down restaurants, and most anything else one might desire. This hub of activity has undergone an extensive makeover during the last few years, with some major utility work occurring below the surface as well as the introduction of a median and some other cosmetic improvements (trees, lamps, etc.) There has been recent development along the road as well, with a few stores and restaurants joining the offering, including Hobby Lobby and Chick Fil A.
The work’s not done yet, either. A Denny’s restaurant will replace a boarded Buffalo Wild Wings and a brand new Baskin Robbins/Dunkin Donuts will be erected down the road. Furthermore, the landscape will dramatically change just east of Robert St. on the site of the failing Thompson Oaks Golf Course. There’s no set plan just yet, but there is at least one party interested in developing the 20+ acres with a mixture of townhomes and senior housing, as reported in this Pioneer Press article. And the cycling community will rejoice to hear that the West St. Paul City Council passed a resolution accepting state funding for a pedestrian tunnel under Robert St., a key component of the county’s River to River Greenway trail (also reported in the aforementioned article). This trail will eventually connect Mendota Heights, West St. Paul, and South St. Paul. The trail is a desirable recreational development that appeals to fitness and outdoor enthusiasts alike.
Robert St. will continue to see development on its long stretch from Inver Grove Heights, through West St. Paul and the West Side of St. Paul (confusing, we know), and into downtown. This area is one of only a few that remains affordable for entry-level homes. With all of the attention and praise downtown St. Paul has recently been party to, more people will likely be drawn to check it out. The west side of the cities will always be a popular place for the mid to upper class, but the east side could soon start to win more people over. If you’re interested in checking out the area, please reach out – call 952-258-3100 or email.
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