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File #: RES 23-697    Version: 1
Type: Resolution Status: Archived
In control: Housing & Redevelopment Authority
Final action: 5/10/2023
Title: Authorization to designate GloryVille LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company as tentative developer of 1570 White Bear Avenue, Saint Paul, MN, District 2, Ward 6
Sponsors: Nelsie Yang
Attachments: 1. Board Report, 2. Request for Offers, 3. Map, 4. D2 Greater East Side Neighborhood Profile


Authorization to designate GloryVille LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company as tentative developer of 1570 White Bear Avenue, Saint Paul, MN, District 2, Ward 6


WHEREAS, the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota (the “HRA”) is a public body corporate and politic established, existing, and operating under the laws of the State of Minnesota pursuant to the provisions of Minnesota Statutes, Section 469.001, et seq. (the “Act”); and


WHEREAS, the HRA is empowered by law, including the Act, to adopt and enforce this Resolution in pursuit of its mandate to engage in appropriate housing, development, and redevelopment projects; to remove or prevent the spread of conditions of blight or deterioration; to bring substandard buildings and improvements into compliance with public standards; to dispose of HRA-owned land for private development; and to improve the tax base and the financial stability of the community; and


WHEREAS, HRA owns approximately 2.18 acres of vacant land all located at 1570 White Bear Avenue North (the “Property”); and


WHEREAS, the HRA issued a publicly announced Request for Proposals for the Purchase and Redevelopment of the Property (the “RFP”) on October 5, 2022, with a submission deadline of December 5, 2022, all in compliance with the HRA’s disposition policy; and


WHEREAS, by the deadline contained in the RFP, five proposals to purchase and redevelop the Property were submitted to the HRA; and


WHEREAS, after an extensive and formal review process of the five proposals, HRA staff recommends that the HRA Board of Commissioners accept the proposal submitted by Gloryville LLC, a Minnesota limited liability company, or an entity owned and controlled by it or by Gloria Wong (“Gloryville”) to construct a mixed-use development with approximately 87 affordable housing units and approximately 25,000 square feet of commercial space on the Property (the “Project”); and


WHEREAS, of the five proposals that were timely submitted, the Project proposed by Gloryville LLC best accomplishes the objectives and goals outlined in the RFP, the HRA Land Disposition Policy, and, furthermore, the Project best complies with the strategies set forth in the Citywide Comprehensive Plan /Redevelopment Plan now legally in effect in the City of Saint Paul, including particularly those related to ensuring the availability of affordable housing; and


WHEREAS, this Board finds the Project serves a public purpose by: 1) meeting the City’s goal of production of affordable housing; 2) creation of approximately 40 new jobs; 3) increasing the availability of goods and services; 4) increasing the tax base capacity for the City; and


NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of the Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of Saint Paul, Minnesota, that Gloryville LLC (or its affiliated entity that is owned and controlled by Gloria Wong), is designated as tentative developer for the Property (the “Tentative Developer”) until June 30, 2025, on the terms and conditions set forth in this Resolution. Within ten (10) days of the passage of this Resolution, the Tentative Developer must execute and deliver to HRA staff the Acknowledgement of Compliance Documents (First Developer Letter), in a form acceptable to HRA staff (including a preliminary schedule), along with a non-refundable application fee of $25,000. The HRA and Tentative Developer will maintain open and regular communications to ensure significant progress is being made toward the tasks defined below.


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Tentative Developer must complete or cause to complete, at its own cost, certain activities with respect to the Project. A list of benchmark activities, and the dates such activities are to be commenced or completed by the Tentative Developer include the following:

Prior to June 30, 2023, the Tentative Developer will:

                                          Begin Engagement of surrounding community groups and key stakeholders regarding the Project and its site plan.

                                          Commence and diligently pursue site survey, geotechnical study, building and structural analysis, and environmental assessment(s).

Prior to December 31, 2023, the Tentative Developer will:

                                          Submit a detailed timeline and construction phasing plan for the Project, for approval by HRA staff.

                                          Submit a plan for the commercial marketplace component of the Project, including ownership structure, financing, and any relevant market studies.

                                          Complete schematic designs for the Project with input from affected community groups and stakeholders.

                                          Complete the environmental studies or pursue funding for the completion of environmental studies, as applicable.

Prior to June 30, 2024, the Tentative Developer will:

                                          Complete application to Ramsey County, Metropolitan Council, DEED, and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency’s Multifamily Consolidated Request for Proposals, as applicable

                                          Complete Request for General Assistance to the City of St. Paul/ Housing and Redevelopment Authority of the City of St. Paul, as applicable.

                                          Identify commercial management partner(s).

Prior to December 31, 2024, the Tentative Developer will:

                                          Complete formal scope of work with architectural/engineering plans and specifications, incorporating Green/Sustainable Development guidelines, and including site plan, elevations, exterior treatments/materials, and interior schematics for approval by HRA staff.

                                          Complete site plan review process with the Department of Safety and Inspection.

                                          Finalize a detailed development budget and business plan for approval by HRA staff.

Prior to June 30, 2025 the Tentative Developer will:

                                          Obtain all property building permit approvals, licenses, and any other required City or State approvals for the Project.

                                          Receive all approvals for zoning for the Project.

                                          Negotiate final terms and conditions of a development agreement, which will include all compliance requirements, details of the bidding process, and a sworn construction cost statement from the selected contractor for the Project.

                                          Complete a finance plan for HRA and State of Minnesota bonding, in preparation for a potential  application for State Tax Exempt Bonds Housing Pool, as applicable.

                                          Submit evidence of availability of construction financing for review by HRA staff for acceptability.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the terms and conditions of a development agreement between the HRA and the Tentative Developer shall include, among other items required by HRA staff or the City Attorney’s Office, the following terms and restrictions:

                     1.                     All pre-development costs are the sole responsibility of the Tentative Developer.

                     2.                     The Tentative Developer must work with affected community groups.

                     3.                     The Property will be sold in its “as is” condition.

                     4.                     In connection with the foregoing actions, the HRA is authorized to grant the Tentative Developer access to the Property under a license agreement, approved by the City Attorney’s Office, that allows the Tentative Developer to perform its due diligence, including environmental investigation, provided that entry onto the Property shall not interfere with any HRA or City of Saint Paul operations on or around the Property.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that if the Tentative Developer does not timely commence or complete the specified tasks or otherwise abide by the terms of this Resolution, its status as Tentative Developer may be terminated by the Executive Director of the HRA without further action by this Board, or, alternatively, the Executive Director may grant an extension of the Tentative Developer status for a period up to six months upon a showing of significant progress of the tasks defined above by the Tentative Developer.

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