The Allianz Soccer Stadium in Saint Paul is set to open in 2019 according to the company’s website. Local business owners who survived the construction of the train say its been challenging to have to go through the same thing again just a few years later.
Set to hold more than 19,000 people, the construction of the new stadium caused frequent detours and more traffic making it inconvenient to access several of the businesses on the University corridor.
“What you’re seeing is gentrification at its finest,” says Tim Wilson, owner of Urban Lights, in a recent interview with TLK AVE.
Urban Lights has been located on University and Hamline for over two decades. Wilson, although optimistic, feels overall the stadium will have a negative impact on his business.
Dozens of businesses that were located on the land where the stadium was built have already closed. Those businesses include Midway Bowling Alley, Rainbow Foods, Perkins and several others. Wilson says he is going to continue serving the community but hopes that the foreseeable rent hikes don’t drive him out.