Critical Corridors Programs

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Ramsey County's Critical Corridors programs offer assistance to qualifying public, private and nonprofit organizations for place-based investments along major transportation, commercial and cultural corridors. The programs are fully funded by the Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) levy. Eligible projects or activities seeking funding must align with the county's Economic Competitiveness & Inclusion Plan and Equitable Development Framework.


  • Boost connectivity between housing, jobs, retail, services and transportation. 
  • Create more compact, walkable environments.
  • Enhance pedestrian access and safety. ​
  • Support vibrant business districts.

Pre-Development Planning

Commercial Corridor Initiative

Development + Infrastructure

How to apply 

Applications for funding are accepted twice, per year:

  • Spring (Pre-Development Planning and Commercial Corridor Initiative) 
  • Fall (Development + Infrastructure)

Spring applications closed April 4, 2023.

A pre-application meeting with staff, while not required, is highly recommended to ensure eligibility and program fit. Please email Ella Mitchell to schedule a meeting prior to submitting an application. 

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Timeline (2023) Start End
Application period March 7

 April 4

Informational webinar

Award announcement   

June 6

Frequently asked questions

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Past investments

On Nov. 22, 2022, the Ramsey County Housing and Redevelopment Authority approved funding for the following 14 projects through the Housing Redevelopment Authority levy:

Project Recipient Location Investment
Pre-Development Planning 
Mounds View Square Redevelopment Concept Plan  City of Mounds View Mounds View $50,000
Community Control of Real Estate  Creative Enterprise Zone Saint Paul  $50,000
Amani Beacon Bluff Building  Amani Construction & Development Saint Paul $50,000 
Parking Reduction for a Greener New Brighton City of New Brighton New Brighton $29,340 
County Road B-Snelling Pedestrian Improvement Study  City of Roseville Roseville $25,000
East 7th Street Cultural Corridor Plan  Indigenous Roots Saint Paul   $25,000 
Development & Infrastructure 
The Lochner WBL WBL Lochner, LLC White Bear Lake


Hillcrest Redevelopment Site - Phase 1 Saint Paul Port Authority Saint Paul  $500,000
7th Street Gardens  Winifred Partners LLC Saint Paul $300,000
Little Africa Plaza - Water Line African Economic Development Solutions Saint Paul $103,507
Plaza del Sol - El Patio de la Plaza Latino Economic Development Center Saint Paul $90,500
Commercial Corridor Initiatives
Enhancing the Public Realm in Rice & Larpenteur Rice & Larpenteur Alliance Maplewood & Roseville  $50,000
Bringing a Sense of Place to New Brighton City of New Brighton New Brighton $32,600
Lexington Avenue Revitalization Plan  Twin Cities North Chamber of Commerce Arden Hills & Shoreview $25,000 
Reallocation from 2022 Inclusive Housing Development Solicitation
The Lochner WBL WBL Lochner, LLC White Bear Lake $500,000
Total $2,330,947