Judge puts funding, demolition for St. Paul homeless shelter at original Red’s Savoy site on hold until Oct. 10

In anticipation of a hearing next month, a Ramsey County District Court judge has placed a temporary stop to any planned destruction of the former Red’s Savoy pizza shop on East Seventh Street.

In an attempt to stop the construction of a satellite day shelter at 421 E. 7th Street, Dayton’s Bluff, more than a dozen business owners have filed lawsuits against the city of St. Paul, the city’s Housing and Redevelopment Authority, and Listening House, a Dayton’s Bluff day shelter for the homeless.

Judge Leonardo Castro approved the defendants’ request to postpone the hearing date for a requested interim injunction from September 14 to October 10 on Monday. No demolition, according to Castro, “must start” at that period, and the $1.4 million in tax increment money that the HRA had committed to provide Listening House “shall not be transferred.”

Before the next hearing date, the court expects to receive papers from both parties. Heppner’s Auto Body, Bulldog Lowertown, the Dark Horse and Gopher Bars, the Barrel Theory Beer Company, Kat-Lock Key’s and Safe, and the proprietors of a number of residential buildings are among the claimants.

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