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Linwood Monroe Arts Plus - School Design Committee

UPDATE-April 5, 2017: On March 13, Saint Paul’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) approved Linwood’s variance requests by a 4 to 1 vote. However, an appeal to this decision was submitted by residents on March 23. The City Council will vote on the variance appeal at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19 at St. Paul City Hall, room 300. A minimum of 4 of the 7 council members’ votes is needed to reject the appeal. This will mark the final step in the decision on Linwood’s variances. Individuals may write letters to their council members about the LMAP appeal.
UPDATE-March 1, 2017: On February 27, the City of St. Paul’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) decided to again delay their decision on Linwood’s variances; the new hearing is rescheduled for March 13 at 3 p.m. The decision to postpone the vote until March 13 is because City staff had not yet transcribed the two-hour meeting minutes from the February 13 hearing when the variances were originally presented to the BZA (see Feb. 14 update below for more background). As a result, the BZA commissioners who were absent on February 13 requested another extension to provide enough time to review the variance documents.
UPDATE-Feb. 14, 2017: On February 13, the City of St. Paul’s Board of Zoning Appeals (BZA) reviewed two variances (exceptions to zoning codes) to Linwood’s (lower campus) remodeling plans for lot coverage and building height. However, there were not enough committee members to make a final vote: a minimum of four votes in agreement is needed to determine a vote. As a result, the vote has been rescheduled for February 27.
Of the seven-member BZA Committee, one person was absent; another member recused themselves from the vote as they signed a petition in favor of the variances; and one member had to leave the meeting before the vote was presented due to another commitment. Of the four remaining commissioners, there was a motion by a committee member in opposition to the variances, but that motion was denied 3-1. Of the attendees who made comments, the majority were in favor of the variances with supporters representing LMAP's PTA and teachers. Notably, statements of support were read by representatives from the local NAACP and Saint Paul Federation of Teachers.

Please note: Individuals cannot contact or communicate with BZA Committee members or City Councilmembers about the LMAP variances. For clarity, general discussions about the importance of the Facilities Master Plan and school district interests are permitted, but specific discussions of the variances currently in front of the BZA must be avoided.
Linwood Monroe Arts Plus, a dual PreK-8 campus, is starting the design process for building renovations that is based on SPPS’ 10‐year Facilities Master Plan (FMP) to ensure its school buildings are able to meet the 21st century learning needs of students.

A draft of the original project work scope or plan for Linwood (Lower Campus) and Monroe (Upper Campus) are available (please note these plans were conceptual designs and, per the updated April 21, 2016, presentation on Linwood, do not necessarily represent the work that will actually be done to the school).


  • Project scope:

    • Adding 3-story addition next to the current building for additional learning spaces to accommodate the move of prekindergarten and grade 4 from Monroe to Linwood to provide more aligned academic support.
    • Renovating existing classrooms for equity in size.

    Variance(s): Lot coverage and building height; the variance application will be completed in December after an environmental assessment is completed in November.

    Break ground: Summer 2017; Completion: Fall 2018

    A list of frequently asked questions from the April 21, 2016, Linwood community meeting is also available for review.

    To help inform the renovations, we have formed a School Design Committee made up of district and academic leaders, teachers, students, families, community members and key partners. Through the guidance of a Steering Committee, the School Design Committee will be collaborating with architects and engineers on the concept design for the project.To provide input on the renovations, the School Design Committee will participate in four workshops.

    LINWOOD - SCHEDULE TIMELINE (subject to change):

    ● Engagement/Communications:

    • April 15, 2016: Linwood Neighborhood Friends Committee
    • April 21, 2016: Neighborhood Meeting and Open House
    • May 18 & 25, 2016: Summit Hill Neighborhood Association (SHA) Workgroup Meeting

    ● Installation of Southwest playground: May-June, 2016
    ● Revised Variance Submittal to City: Aug. 8, 2016
    ● Summit Hill Association Zoning & Land Use Committee meeting: Sept. 6, 2016
    ● Summit Hill Association full board meeting: Sept. 9, 2016
    ● Environmental Assessment Worksheet submission to EQB: October 3, 2016:

    • EAW Comment Period: Oct. 11 to Nov. 9, 2016
    • EAW Record of Decision: January/February 2017 TBD

    ● Variance Hearing Notification to Neighbors: Feb. 2, 2017
    ● Board of Zoning Appeals Hearing: Feb. 13, 2017
    ● Construction Start: Summer 2017
    ● Construction Complete: Fall 2018


    Click here for the Linwood/Lower Educational Adequacy Assessment (1/9/17)

    Click here for the Linwood/Lower site plan with revised first floor (updated 1/24/17)

    Linwood Floor Plans



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For questions about the School Design Committee, contact the school’s main office at 651-293-8690.

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