Spring Plant Sale Ordering has Begun!

The SHA Spring Plant Sale is just around the corner! We will again be offering high quality plants and gift cards from Gerten's Greenhouses. Sale dates are Friday May 3, 5:00PM to 7:00PM and Saturday May 4, 8:00AM to 2:00PM at the Linwood Recreation Center. Some important information:

  • Pre-orders have been extended to Thursday, April 25, 2019

  • Hanging baskets, patio pots, and perennials and perennial grasses will be available through pre-order only.

  • Full flats of annuals can be pre-ordered.

  • Individual annual packs will be available on the days of the sale at Linwood Recreation Center. 

  • For an additional $5.00, the SHA Plant Sales Team will deliver your pre-order to your home or business. All deliveries will be on Friday, May 3 between 6:00PM and 8:00PM.

To place your orders and pay for your purchases online, click HERE. For more information contact Summit Hill Association by phone (651) 222-1222 or by email info@summithillassociation.org 

Proceeds from this sale will go to support the ongoing work of the
Summit Hill Association.

Liz Gibba
Lunds & Byerlys Proposed Development Listening Session to be held Monday, March 18, 2019

Dear Summit Hill Residents and Grand Avenue Business Owners:

We invite you to attend a listening session at 7:00 pm on Monday, March 18, to learn more about a proposed mixed-use development from Lunds&Byerlys. The session will be held in the Margolis Hall at Mount Zion Temple, 1300 Summit Ave, Saint Paul.

Lunds&Byerlys has approached the Summit Hill Association (SHA) and the Grand Avenue Business Association (GABA) for input about the possibility of a new mixed-use development on the north side of the 700 block of Grand Avenue. This is the site formerly filled by The North Face and Ann Taylor Loft. The Lunds&Byerlys proposed development would include a grocery store and residential housing, along with underground parking. 

This listening session is not an official hearing for any action. At this point in the process, SHA and GABA are the facilitators of notice and communication between Lunds&Byerlys and the community. Several representatives from the City will be in attendance, including City Councilmember Rebecca Noecker.

At the listening session, Lunds&Byerlys will make a presentation, answer questions from those in attendance, and collect commentary about wishes and concerns. Lunds&Byerlys wants to gather community input and apply what they learn to determine the next steps in their consideration of this proposed development. 

Everyone is encouraged to attend! Your participation in a neighborhood discussion about a potential project along Grand Avenue will help us all become better informed about our shared community. 


Hayden Howland, President, Summit Hill Association

Jason Koenig, President , Grand Avenue Business Association

 Read the letter from Lunds & Byerlys

Read the joint SHA/GABA press release

All homes and businesses in the Summit Hill district received a hard copy of this letter. An electronic copy of the letter is posted on the SHA and GABA websites.

All residents and business owners in the Summit Hill district are welcome to attend this session.

Denise Aldrich
March 12, 2019 SHA Book Club - Voices of Rondo: Oral Histories of Saint Paul’s Historic Black Community

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 7:00PM

Linwood Recreation Center

Dinner and Childcare provided

Please RSVP by March 8th to info@summithillassociation.org

In Voices of Rondo, stories told through the eyes of Saint Paul’s historic Rondo community illuminate the northern urban Black experience during the first half of the twentieth century.  We glimpse the challenges of racism and poverty and share the victories of a community that educated its children to be strong, find personal pride, and become the next generation of leaders in Minnesota and beyond.

SHA is delighted to welcome Marvin Roger Anderson as the Guest Facilitator for this third in our series of four Book Club discussions, titled ‘Recognizing All the Faces in Our Community’.


Marvin Roger Anderson was born on March 5, 1940 in Saint Paul, Minnesota. He attended primary and secondary schools in Saint Paul before leaving to attend Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, from which he graduated in 1962. Anderson received his J.D. from Hastings College of Law in San Francisco in 1966, and then volunteered for the Peace Corp where he served in Senegal for two years. He then returned to Minnesota where he was an ordinance drafter for the city of Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights. Anderson went on to practice law for several years before returning to school in 1974 to earn his Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota's School of Library Science. He worked as a Reference Librarian at the University of Minnesota Law Library for four years before being appointed State Law Librarian in 1980. Anderson's tenure as State Law Librarian spanned 22 years and included many accomplishments including the “Everybody Wins” reading program, which paired volunteer legal practitioners with elementary school students to encourage a life-long love of reading. As the list of honors below indicates, his high standard of service and commitment to the community was recognized at the local, state and national level.

  • Law Librarian of the Year Award, Minnesota Association of Law Libraries, 1987

  • Spirit of Law Librarianship Award, 1999

  • State, Court & County Law Libraries Special Interest Section Bethany J. Ochal Award for Distinguished Service to the Profession, 2000

  • Selected as one of ten “Attorneys of the Year” by Minnesota Lawyer, 2001

  • Marian Gould Gallagher Distinguished Service Award, 2003

  • John R. Finnegan Freedom of Information Award, Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, 2004

  • AALL Hall of Fame, Inaugural Class, 2010

When Marvin Anderson retired in 2002, he had served in the position longer than all but one of his twenty-three predecessors.  In recognition of his service to the library, the room housing the library's rare books was renamed “The Marvin R. Anderson Special Collection’

Liz Gibba
Saint Paul Prepares for Several Winter Storms this Week

SAINT PAUL (February 11, 2019) – Due to the forecast of three significant snow events this week, Saint Paul Public Works anticipates declaring a snow emergency for Tuesday, February 12.

 This week, the National Weather Service has forecasted multiple different snow events for the Twin Cities Metro Area. Yesterday, Saint Paul received about 4 inches of light snow.  A second storm is anticipated to deliver another 3-5” of snow this evening. The timing of these back-to-back storms presents a challenge for undertaking the complex operations involved in a snow emergency which requires citizens to move thousands of vehicles parked on the streets in an effort to get the roads properly cleared.

“We need to be strategic and efficient in undertaking the operations necessary to get the snow off the roads when we have back to back events like we anticipate this week,” said Matt Morreim, Public Work’s Manager of Street Maintenance. “We don’t want to be in the middle of one snow emergency and have to send a different signal to the public about where to move their cars. We also need to be cognizant of the staff capacity available to safely get all of the snow removed.”


Public Works crews were out last night and today plowing and salting the main streets throughout Saint Paul. Crews have also plowed and salted residential hills, curves, and areas around schools. Most residential streets are currently snow covered, but safe and passable. In addition, crews have been addressing public sidewalks and stairways throughout the city and will address other areas that need extra attention. In some locations, snow storage can be an issue and crews have been removing snow in anticipation of the additional snow events expected this week.

Public Works is closely monitoring the weather forecasts and current road conditions and will make a determination about calling a snow emergency early on Tuesday. Residents are asked to be patient, allow adequate space for crews to do their work, and exercise proper winter driving techniques. Public Works also asks for residents to be aware of snow emergency regulations and move their vehicles accordingly. 



The City of Saint Paul reminds all residents to move vehicles according to Saint Paul’s Snow Emergency parking regulations. Snow Emergencies for the City of Saint Paul are 96 hours in duration. Typically, more than 70 plow crews clear more than 1,800 lane miles in less than 24 hours during the Night and Day Plow Route Phases. Night Plow Routes are all arterial (main) streets, downtown Saint Paul, and ½ of the north-south residential streets. Night Plow Routes go in effect from 9 p.m. the day a Snow Emergency is declared until 8 a.m. the following morning.

Day Plow Routes are all east-west residential streets and ½ of the north-south residential streets. These routes are typically not marked with signs, but have parking restrictions beginning at 8 a.m.-5 p.m. the day after a Snow Emergency is declared.

After the Night and Day Plow Routes are completed, residents are reminded not to park vehicles in areas that have not been plowed full-width of the street. They could still be ticketed and towed.

Residents and businesses should shovel their sidewalks and intersection curbs within 24 hours after a snow event, and never plow or shovel snow from sidewalks, driveways or alleys into the streets. This creates additional hazards for cars and pedestrians and is illegal.


Residents and businesses can sign up to receive Snow Emergency alert emails and texts (including those in Spanish, Hmong, and Somali) by visiting www.stpaul.gov/snow.


Liz Gibba
Summit Hill Community Garden 2019

It may be frigid out now, but we are thinking seeds, soil and sunshine!   If you are interested in the Summit Hill Community Garden, now is the time to act.  This is a vibrant group of folks you'll love getting to know.

Please click HERE to download this year’s application and contract agreement. A printed, completed and signed 3-page document should be submitted in person or by mail to Summit Hill Association, 860 Saint Clair Avenue, St Paul, MN 55105. Checks should be made out to Summit Hill Association. Payment info will be provided after you have received your plot assignment. Residents of Summit Hill are given first priority.

March 1, 2019 was the DEADLINE to submit your application for REGISTRATION. Registration is now CLOSED. 

Email us with questions:  summithillcg@gmail.com  

Liz Gibba
SHA/GABA Business Engagement Taskforce

The Summit Hill Association (SHA), and the Grand Avenue Business Association (GABA), are forming a task force to brainstorm ideas that ultimately contribute to city policy of how to support a vibrant local business community on East Grand Avenue. Neighbors in Summit Hill benefit from a vibrant and prosperous business community on Grand Avenue and are excited to be partnering with GABA in the creation of this task force.


This task force is in response to an invitation from Councilmember Rebecca Noecker to create a neighborhood-focused report that supports businesses on East Grand Avenue. SHA and GABA are excited about this opportunity to come together to engage in a robust discussion about how we can work together to foster a strong business climate on Grand Avenue.

The task force will focus on assessing and proposing opportunities for tax, financing, urban planning and other solutions to support locally-based businesses with storefronts along Grand Avenue, east of Ayd Mill Road.

Prior to the convening of the task force, volunteers from the community will conduct surveys of business owners along Grand Avenue. Information gathered from the surveys will be used to guide the work of the task force.

The task force will include members from each association, along with four community members that will be selected from this application.

Community members who are interested in applying should fill out THIS FORM. The deadline for submission is 5:00PM on FRIDAY, Feb 8th, 2019.

For questions contact director@summithillassociation.org or connie@grandave.com

Liz Gibba
770 Grand Avenue Rezoning Request

SHA Zoning and Land Use Public Hearing

Concerning 770 Grand Ave request for Rezoning

Sunday, January 27, 2019, 3:00PM

Palace Rec Center Meeting Room, 781 Palace Avenue, St Paul

The Summit Hill Association (SHA) provides notice of this hearing so residents and business owners have the opportunity to attend or comment on the proposed project.

The owner is petitioning the City to rezone the property at 770 Grand Ave from a BC (residence converted to business) property to a T2 (traditional neighborhood) for the purpose of “sales of ice cream, treats, and hot beverages (tea house).” Food service is not allowed under BC zoning, but would be an allowed use under T2 zoning. The property is currently a hair salon. Analysis of this request is available by clicking HERE

The SHA Zoning and Land Use Committee will review and make neighborhood recommendations to the City regarding these applications. You are invited to attend the hearing or submit written comments in advance of the hearing. Written comments must be received by noon Saturday, January 26, 2019 and should be sent to SHA at the above address or by email to info@SummitHillAssociation.org. If you have questions, you may call the SHA office at 651-222-1222.

Please note that due to space constraints, this meeting will be held at the PALACE REC CENTER, 781 Palace Avenue, St Paul

Community Gargen Tree Collection Fundraiser

An option for discarding your tree is to participate in the fundraiser being held by the Summit Hill Community Garden. For a contribution to the garden you can schedule collection of your tree, (withOUT height limits) while supporting a worthy cause. In years past the Community Garden has used the funds from this project to add to their supply of communal tools and equipment and to make needed improvements to the garden site. The fee for tree collection is $15.00. Payments should dropped off or sent to Libby Furlong, SHCG, 887 Saint Clair Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105 and must be received by January 10th in order to have your tree included, which gives the time to make up maps for volunteers. Pick up will be on Saturday, January 12th between 9AM - 12PM. Trees should be placed out on the boulevard by 7AM.

Follow this link for more information about the Summit Hill Community Garden!

Liz Gibba