On June 3, the St. Paul City Council voted 7-0 to scale back a development project at the confluence of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers, one of the most historic sites in the state of Minnesota. The area is zoned for 40′ because it is in the Mississippi River Corridor Critical Area. The overlapping zoning for the area allows for buildings of 55′. For these reasons, Friends of the Parks opposed the 73.5′ variance granted by the Planning Commission. Executive Director, Shirley Erstad, gave the following testimony at the hearing. The Friends were also mentioned in the attached front-page Pioneer Press article, “St. Paul wants Shepard Road apartments scaled back”. The third attachment is The Friends’ letter submitted in support of the appeal.