Bye-Bye Quaint St. Paul

Construction on the Market Lofts in Lowertown is finally underway. The structure — consisting of 44 “true loft” condos complete with oversized windows and open floor plans — will be built over a 15,000 square foot enclosed expansion to the St. Paul Farmers’ Market, allowing it to stay open year-round. Gone are the days of huge lofts, dirt cheap rent, and nothin’ to do for St. Paul’s quiet art district. Over half of the Market Loft condos have been presold, and builders aren’t slowing down. Luckily, neither are restaurateurs. David Fhima’s LoTo opened just last week across Mears Park, and Farmers’ Market patrons will be treated to another new restaurant inside the expansion once construction is complete.