Ellen Stewart will be St. Paul’s Open Space Planner for transit development

Ellen Stewart
Ellen Stewart

The city of St. Paul has named Ellen Stewart as the new Open Space Planner for transit oriented development, a new half-time position funded by a grant from the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative.

She’ll work to increase open space along the new Green Line transit corridor.

Stewart is a landscape architect in the city’s Parks and Rec Department, and has worked Central Corridor planning for over seven years, including station area plans, the Greening the Green Line report, and designing both Iris Park and Dickerman Park, city officials said.

The funding is for as two-year, half-time position to further efforts by the city and The Trust for Public Land to get more open space on the light rail corridor, which runs between downtown St. Paul and downtown Minneapolis along University Avenue. A big focus is on adding “privately-owned public space” in the area as development increases.

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