Construction Begins on Payne Maryland Community Center
Construction has begun on the Payne Maryland Community Center, a multifunctional community center designed to support recreational and educational programming for the culturally diverse Arlington Hills neighborhood on St. Paul's east side. Designed by HGA Architects and Engineers (HGA), the two-story, 42,000-square-foot Community Center at the corner of Payne and Maryland avenues includes a branch library, recreational space, community rooms, and classrooms.
"We envision the new Community Center as a catalyst for neighborhood reinvestment and community engagement, a place where people from different backgrounds can share activities and learning opportunities," said Chris Gibbs, associate vice president and principal with HGA. "Our goal is to create flexible spaces that reflect different cultures, programming and changing needs. This is an investment in how to use community space in an evolving, multicultural urban neighborhood."
Replacing the existing Arlington Recreation Center and Arlington Hills Library, the publically funded Community Center is a joint project between the St. Paul Public Library and the St. Paul Parks & Recreation Department. A potential future phase housing a church, mortuary and tenant space will be privately funded through the Payne Maryland Partnership, which consists of Bradshaw Funeral Home, Arlington Hills Lutheran Church, and the YMCA. Arlington Hills Library, a 1916 Beaux Arts Carnegie library on adjacent Greenbrier Street, will be repurposed in a future phase.