Zachary Kimble: Transitions: University Ave

Zachary Kimble discusses the history of his business, and the future of the Lexington/University area

Interviewed by: Eric Ramirez
Photos by: Tanisha Brandt


I’m Doctor Zachary Kimble, and its Kimble chiropractic office. I am the owner and the primary health care giver here.

I’ve been in practice as a chiropractor for 31 years on University Avenue and this been a chiropractic office since 1953. Personally I enjoy practice a lot, enjoy helping people with healthcare problems, and their muscle-skeletal problems basically.

What are your concerns about light rail being built on University Avenue?

Well for the small business owner such as myself, there’s, I visualize there’s two or three phases of problems. Number one: during construction; just having the opportunity to stay in business, have the parking facilities, having a situation where patients or our customers feel comfortable coming down to construction.

And then the second phase of course is subsequent to the completion of the light rail, having accessibility to our office for those same people that the majority of them drive to my office.

We did a survey of our patients over the last year and surveyed probably over 100 patients during a week period and not one of them was in favor of the light rail on University and are concerned about those very things: parking, accessibility to the business.

From a positive aspect, it might bring more pedestrian traffic into the office. The people who might not get here might use light rail because it’s convenient for them to use the light rail and they won’t have to drive. But that will have to wait and we’ll have to see what happens with that.

What do you know about the funds created to help small businesses during the construction period?

I was fortunate enough to be able to be involved in one of their funding programs for parking money.            

The three businesses -- myself and the two businesses to the East -- actually applied for and received funding for parking lot development behind our office. And we’re able to develop a parking lot that essentially increased parking access from about eight or nine cars to about 20 cars now. So that was nice and that was good. And it’s not a grant; it’s a long-term loan program that will be forgiven every year for seven years.

Are there any final comments you would like to make about the light rail project?

Ultimately I think the light rail on University Avenue will help University to revitalize. I can remember as a kid, University Avenue used to be the place to come for shopping and getting together and dance places and the prom and that has deteriorated through the years. And I think that maybe not in my generation but certainly in your generation of age category. You may very well see University Avenue become a booming, vital, and integral part of living in Saint Paul.

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