Loren Schirber, developer, shows the polluted brownfield on Bush Avenue and Edgerton Street in St. Paul Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, that could become home to a food truck hall, a solar garden, and 25 to 30 tiny apartments as a result of a federal "Opportunity Zone" program. The program offers federal tax savings to investors who invest in designated distressed census tracts. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press)

EXCERPT: “Jamie Stolpestad is building two apartment buildings in St. Paul’s St. Anthony Park neighborhood, right in the heart of an ‘O-Zone.’ Loren Schirber is gearing up for the “O-Zone” on St. Paul’s East Side, where he foresees at least two dozen tiny apartments, a dog park, a solar installation and an all-season food truck hall. They’re hoping $100 million in projects will follow, including the massive redevelopment of Ramsey County’s former Government Center West building on Kellogg Boulevard. So what are ‘O-Zones,’ or Opportunity Zones? Distressed areas. Tax shelters. Opportunities for urban — and rural — renewal. The outcroppings of a federal effort to marry philanthropy, private-sector tax avoidance and housing advocacy. Others might sum them up in a single word: Hope.” FULLSTORY: http://bit.ly/2rEu4p3