The mixed-use Vintage on Selby and Whole Foods Market was built with plenty of involvement and input from the surrounding neighborhood.
Tony Barranco, Ryan Cos. vice president of development, figures he attended at least 40 neighborhood meetings about the project “and they’re still ongoing.” The meetings changed the project, he said, pointing to a pedestrian pass-through in the building’s parking garage as an idea that came from the neighborhood.
Part of the reason Vintage on Selby raised concerns was because of its density. Its location on the northeast corner of Snelling and Selby avenues is in a neighborhood of one- to three-story buildings and single family homes. There is no development on the scale of the Vintage.
The five-story, 210 unit apartment is nearly fully leased, Barranco said. Renters have been drawn by a long list of amenities, which include a library conference room, a club room and a fitness center. Outside amenities include a lap pool, lounge chairs, grilling and seating pavilions, a yard game area, a large terrace and a quiet “pocket park.”
The design attempts to fit into the neighborhood in several ways. The exterior brick fits with the neighborhood’s older buildings and two murals celebrate St. Paul.
The interior reflects a design sense that harkens back to the St. Paul of the 1920s and 1930s. “Our design hit the ball out of the park with a modern twist but with a reflection back,” he said.
Even the 46,000-square-foot Whole Foods Market offers a nod to the past. Lumber from the former Associated Bank building that was once on the corner was reused on columns and in other areas of the store, he said.
“The (Vintage) is incredibly tasteful and well positioned,” Barranco said. “What stands out is how a quality anchor and a development team can make something be better with engagement. It got better because of the partnership we had with Union Park neighbors.”
Address: 1555 Selby Ave., St. Paul
Project cost: $50.8 million
Project size: 425,550 square feet (includes parking & Whole Foods Market)
Owner: Prudential Real Estate, Ryan Cos. US Inc. and Excelsior Group
Contractor: Ryan Cos. US Inc.
Architect: ESG Architects
Engineer: BKBM Engineers
September 21, 2016 | By Finance & Commerce | Original Article + Project Photos
Photos featured in article by Bill Klotz.
Header image by FarmKid Studios.