By Jennifer Harmening Thiede, Communications Associate
Transit for Livable Communities will soon have a new home! After nearly 14 wonderful years at 626 Selby, we’re excited to announce our move into a new office space on April 1. We’ve enjoyed sharing a location with the amazing staff at Neighborhood Energy Connection and will miss having our friends at Mississippi Market right downstairs. Nevertheless we are also looking forward to the benefits our new location and space.
Our new office is located in the Specialty Building at 2356 University Avenue in Saint Paul. We are on the southeast corner of Raymond Avenue and University (map). Our space is on the 4th floor, with the entrance on the southwest corner of the building. Allen Gleckner from the Environmental Law and Policy Center will be sharing space with us.
A big factor in making this move is our interest in being more centrally located within the region and more accessible by transit, bicycling, and walking. This will make it easier for our members, board, staff, and partners to get to our space conveniently without a car. If you do drive, the office is close to I-94 and Highway 280.
As of April 1, our new office on the Green Line!
New transportation options
Our new location on the Green Line (aka Central Corridor) will provide many travel options.
By bus: Metro Transit bus routes 16, 50, and 87 all conveniently serve our new office. The office also is located right on the Green Line light rail, which has a stop at Raymond Avenue—just adjacent to our new building. We’re counting down until service begins in 2014!
By bike: You’ll find nearby north/south bike routes on Raymond and Pelham, and connecting bike routes on Franklin, Marshall/Lake Street Bridge, and Como Avenue. University Avenue provides a direct east-west route with signs indicating cyclists may use the full right lane as needed. Territorial Road or the U of M Transitway can also be good alternatives for those on two wheels, as can the nearby Emerald/Wabash loop. Nice Ride Minnesota’s handy green bikes (back for the season on April 6) will be just three blocks away, at the bike-sharing station at Raymond and Ellis Avenue. Bike parking is currently available on the southwest corner of the building, with two more bike racks to come later this spring.
By walking: Learn more about the walkability of our new neighborhood at walkscore.com.
When Green Line service begins next year, light rail will provide another great option for reaching TLC’s new office. Your stop: the nearby Raymond Avenue Station. Photo Credit: Met Council.
We look forward to joining many partner organizations in our new neighborhood including ISAIAH, Growth & Justice, and Jewish Community Action. Our friends at the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits are located just down the street. And of course the many restaurants, shops, and other small businesses along the Green Line will be a quick bike, walk, bus, or train ride away.
We’re eager to welcome you at our new office soon! Stay tuned for more information about an open house celebration in coming months after we’re all settled in.
A bonus at future TLC member meetings: a great view of the Green Line, with buses driving past in 2013 and new trains running in 2014.
Our address as of April 1, 2013:
Transit for Livable Communities, 2356 University Avenue, Suite 403, Saint Paul, MN 55114.
Note that our phone numbers will not change.Our new fax number will be 651-789-1001.