West St. Paul
1616 Humboldt Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118
West St. Paul: Close to it All
West St. Paul offers a high quality of life and is rich with opportunities for growth and development. The City of West St. Paul is five square miles in size and contains 69.16 miles of city streets.
There are numerous opportunities for an active lifestyle including sports and outdoor activities of all types. West St. Paul has 14 city parks with ample sports fields and nature trails. From soccer and baseball to hiking and biking, the city is relished by everyone from children to senior citizens. West St. Paul has two golf courses; one public and one private. West St. Paul is also home to Dodge Nature Center, one of the nation’s leading environmental learning education establishments.
West St. Paul serves those who wish to be active year-round with a 110,000 square foot sports dome adjacent to City Hall. The Regional Athletic Center (RAC) will draw users regionally by providing indoor facilities for a variety of athletic activities including: soccer, football, lacrosse, softball, baseball, volleyball, rugby, dodge-ball and ultimate frisbee. The RAC also includes a walking track that has become extremely popular with city residents.
Whether looking for a quality public or private school experience, West St. Paul has superior options from which to choose. West St. Paul’s close proximity to both Twin Cities’ downtown areas offers great opportunities to those seeking higher education. The University of Minnesota is among a number of colleges, universities and vocational/technical schools that are only a short distance from West St. Paul.
Robert Street, West St. Paul’s main thoroughfare, is currently being reconstructed (2015/2016 project). The project includes new pavement and curbing, a center landscaped median, sidewalk and pedestrian improvements, new lighting, as well as new utility and storm water infrastructure. The City of West St. Paul received a federal grant in 2009 of approximately $7 million to reconstruct the 2.5 mile corridor. In cooperation with a variety of entities including MnDOT, Dakota County, St. Paul Regional Water, the City of St. Paul and the City of Inver Grove Heights; the City of West St. Paul has coordinated and led the project.
The professional and business climate in West St. Paul is thriving. There are over 600 businesses and a light industrial park located within the city providing excellent products and services ranging from manufacturing to retail. An average of 29,000 cars per day travel along Robert Street’s commercial/retail district providing many opportunities for retail development. West St. Paul is home to both national retailers and smaller, owner-operated businesses including medical services, automotive services and financial services. The business community has a strong history of community support and involvement.
In recent years, West St. Paul has seen phenomenal growth in the area of economic development. New or expanded businesses include: Super Target, Walmart, Menards, Lowes, Applebee’s, Noodles & Company, Culvers, Caribou, Starbucks, Panera Bread, Panda Express and LA Fitness. The City’s Economic Development Authority (EDA) has recently purchased and demolished fifteen vacant/foreclosed/blighted houses and one commercial building for the purpose of selling the lots to housing developers to build new homes.
There are many features that make West St. Paul an ideal location to start or relocate a business.
• The City’s Economic Development Authority offers numerous incentives for new and relocating businesses.
• The City’s central location and close proximity to both downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis play an important role to the success of area business.
• The City provides excellent connection to area highway/freeway systems and is located minutes from the airport. In addition, an excellent transit system provides transportation needs for residents and employees.
• Numerous housing options are available for all income levels.
• The City of West St. Paul and Dakota County are working together in the development of a regional fiber optic network. Several lines have already been installed and are providing service to numerous businesses in town.