St Paul

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.

Sun
30
Aug

Twin Cities Academy celebrates groundbreaking

A rendering of the new Twin Cities Academy building shows how the school will face west onto Birmingham Avenue near the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue. School officials are expecting the structure to be complete in July 2016. (submitted graphic)
A rendering of the new Twin Cities Academy building shows how the school will face west onto Birmingham Avenue near the intersection of Minnehaha Avenue. School officials are expecting the structure to be complete in July 2016. (submitted graphic)

Students at East Side charter middle and high school Twin Cities Academy have already begun the new school year, and a year from today the school will begin an altogether new chapter.

Sun
23
Aug

East Siders turn out to oppose lion hunting

About 100 East Siders gathered at Conway Recreation Center on Saturday, Aug. 15 to create a work of aerial art. Artist John Quigley got the group to form a picture of a lion, as can be seen from this aerial photograph. The idea was to call for the protection of lions and the end of trophy hunting, in response to a Bloomington dentist’s killing of a revered research lion near a nature preserve in Zimbabwe. (photo courtesy of John Quigley)
About 100 East Siders gathered at Conway Recreation Center on Saturday, Aug. 15 to create a work of aerial art. Artist John Quigley got the group to form a picture of a lion, as can be seen from this aerial photograph. The idea was to call for the protection of lions and the end of trophy hunting, in response to a Bloomington dentist’s killing of a revered research lion near a nature preserve in Zimbabwe. (photo courtesy of John Quigley)

Residents gathered at Conway Recreation Center on Saturday, Aug. 15 to form a giant memorial in the likeness of Cecil the lion.

Sun
23
Aug

Ramsey County pulls leadership switcheroo

Puts 20 departments in four categories
Figuring it made sense to reduce the number of people reporting directly to her from over 20 to 9, Ramsey County Manager Julie Kleinschmidt announced in late July that she'd re-organize the county's various departments.
The 20 departments have been pared down into four integrated teams, which represent groups of different individual departments.

Sun
23
Aug

Standard Oil building in Bruce Vento razed

The Standard Oil building in Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary has been razed to make way for a new interpretive center in the park. The Lower Phalen Creek Project will begin to raise funds for the proposed $6 million building in early 2016. (submitted photo)
The Standard Oil building in Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary has been razed to make way for a new interpretive center in the park. The Lower Phalen Creek Project will begin to raise funds for the proposed $6 million building in early 2016. (submitted photo)

New park building plans still forming
The graffiti-laden building that was once imagined as an urban hub for gardening and community is now a mound of rubble, but a new building may be coming along soon.
Known as the Standard Oil Building, crews began demolishing the concrete shell on Wednesday, August 12, and by that Friday, the building was nothing more than debris.

Sun
23
Aug

Bike theft inspires man to be neighborhood helper

East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned his experience of getting his bikes stolen into a positive one — he opted to fix neighborhood kids’ bikes for free, and handed out over 100 refurbished bikes to neighborhood kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned his experience of getting his bikes stolen into a positive one — he opted to fix neighborhood kids’ bikes for free, and handed out over 100 refurbished bikes to neighborhood kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

After getting his prized racing bikes stolen from his garage, East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned the experience into a productive, community oriented venture to put tuned up bikes in the hands of kids throughout the East Side.

Sun
16
Aug

Ramsey County submits budget

2.5% increase proposed, with a raised tax levy

Ramsey County’s budget could climb at a rate of about 2.5 percent per year for the next two years.

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