St Paul

Sun
13
Sep

Harvest Fest momentum builds

The 2014 parade grand marshal Alfreda Flowers charmed the crowd. Flowers, who started the social services and charity organization Family Values For Life, organizes an annual backpack giveaway. This year’s grand marshal is Ed Bertges, owner of the revitalized Schwietz Saloon. (file photo)
The 2014 parade grand marshal Alfreda Flowers charmed the crowd. Flowers, who started the social services and charity organization Family Values For Life, organizes an annual backpack giveaway. This year’s grand marshal is Ed Bertges, owner of the revitalized Schwietz Saloon. (file photo)

Weekend full of fun on the docket
With the East Side’s long-time tradition hitting its stride again, neighbors will gather for fall fun and merriment the weekend of Sept. 18 through 20.
At noon, Payne Avenue’s golden commercial stretch will be closed off to make way for a 60-group parade on Saturday, Sept. 19.

Sun
13
Sep

Teen-cop dialogue series launches

Will address topics of racism, interacting with police
Some new conversation projects hosted by three St. Paul district councils will seek to get teens talking to adults in law enforcement and the city’s parks department.
A dialogue starting Monday, Sept. 14, will team up 35 or so teens with 15 police officers from the St. Paul Police Department to talk about race and racism, how police are perceived in the community, and more.

Sun
13
Sep

Grand Round construction slotted for spring 2016

More biking, fewer intersections on the docket for Johnson, Wheelock
Looking to make Johnson and Wheelock parkways more park-like, planners behind the St. Paul Grand Round are proposing closing off many side streets that intersect the two roadways, to improve the experience of the Grand Round for pedestrians on the East Side.

Sun
13
Sep

Bronze vessel stolen from St. Pascals

The bronze tabernacle from St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church was stolen by a group of young men in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 3. (submitted photo)
The bronze tabernacle from St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church was stolen by a group of young men in the early hours of Friday, Sept. 3. (submitted photo)

A 50-pound bronze tabernacle was stolen from St. Pascal Baylon Catholic Church in the wee hours of Friday, Sept. 3.

Sun
13
Sep

Long-vacant gas station gets buyer

The long-vacant gas station at Payne and Minnehaha avenues has a new owner. Abdi Wali Ali bought it in August and says he plans to revive it as a gas station and convenience store, but he will face numerous code issues and will have only a short period of time to rehabilitate the place. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The long-vacant gas station at Payne and Minnehaha avenues has a new owner. Abdi Wali Ali bought it in August and says he plans to revive it as a gas station and convenience store, but he will face numerous code issues and will have only a short period of time to rehabilitate the place. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Buyer hoping for fruitful first business; neighbors hope to see it demolished
The long-vacant gas station at 719 Payne Ave. has a new owner.
Paying only $39,000 for it, Abdi Wali Ali bought the place hoping to turn his business management education from Goshen College in Indiana into a solid first business.
His plan is to re-open the building for the same use as before: a gas station and convenience store.

Wed
09
Sep

People Incorporated greenlighted for East Side


People Incorporated have the green light to move into the former convent building at White Bear and Lacrosse avenues -- the St. Paul City Council voted 5-2 to allow the building to be rezoned, which means People Incorporated can house up to 16 men and women who are in the midst of mental health crises. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Mental health crisis organization will move into former convent
Parking worries failed to surmount a social services agency's attempts to move into the greater East Side area. 

Sun
06
Sep

Rush Line planning carries on

I-35E out, Swede Hollow still in
With work closing in on the first stage of planning for the Rush Line Corridor, some of the vast arrays of potential route options are being whittled away.

Sun
06
Sep

New city fund gives East Side commercial a boost

Going off of a small area redesign plan for lower Payne Avenue, city planning staff are hoping to start implementing some ideas to improve the area for pedestrians and drivers alike. They’ll use new money allocated from existing sales taxes to bring improvements to the avenue. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Going off of a small area redesign plan for lower Payne Avenue, city planning staff are hoping to start implementing some ideas to improve the area for pedestrians and drivers alike. They’ll use new money allocated from existing sales taxes to bring improvements to the avenue. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

A new fund that comes from re-allocated sales tax revenues will be used to help boost several commercial nodes, including three on the East Side.

Sun
06
Sep

Parking concerns delay council vote on People Inc.

Still trying to gain approval for some zoning changes at the former convent building on White Bear Avenue at Lacrosse, People Incorporated are being asked by the St. Paul City Council to look into possible parking solutions for the building, which has only a few off-street parking spots. The council will vote on the proposed rezoning of the building on Wednesday, Sept. 9. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Still trying to gain approval for some zoning changes at the former convent building on White Bear Avenue at Lacrosse, People Incorporated are being asked by the St. Paul City Council to look into possible parking solutions for the building, which has only a few off-street parking spots. The council will vote on the proposed rezoning of the building on Wednesday, Sept. 9. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The suggestion? Raze a house to make way for a parking lot
With St. Paul City Council members deciding that there are unresolved parking concerns with People Incorporated's proposal to open a short-term mental health crisis center in the former convent at Lacrosse and White Bear avenues, the fate of the building remains to be decided.

Sun
30
Aug

St. Paul council candidates line up

The candidate filings are in, and St. Paul's 2015 city council election looks to have some wards with crowded races.

The candidate filing for city council and school district elections without a primary has closed.

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