St Paul

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26
Jul

Lockwood Park to get new play area

Payne Phalen’s Lockwood Park will be getting some modest upgrades before early next year. St. Paul Parks and Recreation staff are in the planning process for the upgrades, and are reaching out to community members for input. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Payne Phalen’s Lockwood Park will be getting some modest upgrades before early next year. St. Paul Parks and Recreation staff are in the planning process for the upgrades, and are reaching out to community members for input. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Planning is underway to upgrade Lockwood Park, the small, square park located at the corner of Cook Avenue and Mendota Street, not far from the Church of St. Casimir in the Payne Phalen neighborhood.

Sun
26
Jul

CP Rail construction on track

A major construction project that Canadian Pacific Railway is doing at its St. Paul switching yard is well underway. Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
A major construction project that Canadian Pacific Railway is doing at its St. Paul switching yard is well underway. Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Filling in wetlands 90 percent complete
According to Canadian Pacific Railway spokesperson Andy Cummings, the large expansion of the rail company's Dunn Yard is well underway.
Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed.

Sun
26
Jul

Entrepreneur tunes in to Payne Ave restaurant buzz

Entrepreneur Dimitri Hatzigeorgiou stands inside of 871 Payne Ave., which he hopes to turn into a concept restaurant. He decided to invest in Payne Avenue after reading news articles about the commercial corridor’s restaurant happenings. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Entrepreneur Dimitri Hatzigeorgiou stands inside of 871 Payne Ave., which he hopes to turn into a concept restaurant. He decided to invest in Payne Avenue after reading news articles about the commercial corridor’s restaurant happenings. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Picks up two buildings, hopes to open new businesses ASAP
It seems trend-piece articles about Payne Avenue have paid off, at least for two vacant buildings on the commercial corridor.
For it was after Dimitri Hatzigeorgiou heard the buzz about restaurants popping up on Payne from a radio news segment and some newpaper articles that he decided he'd better get in on the action.

Sun
19
Jul

HealthPartners breaks ground on new East Side neuroscience center

HealthPartners President and CEO Mary Brainerd addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for their new Neuroscience Center. The 130,000 square foot building is in construction and should be finished in early 2017. (submitted photo)
HealthPartners President and CEO Mary Brainerd addresses the crowd at the groundbreaking ceremony for their new Neuroscience Center. The 130,000 square foot building is in construction and should be finished in early 2017. (submitted photo)
As of Wednesday, July 8, crews had begun construction on a new 130,000 square foot medical building.
 
Sun
19
Jul

Community meal to offer glimpse of incubator kitchen project

Tracy Sides and Bridger Merkt from the East Side catering and food education company Urban Oasis are hard at work getting the soon-to-open commercial incubator kitchen up and running.

Sun
19
Jul

East Third repair work begins

Crews began pulling up East Third Street on Monday, July 13 as part of a large reconstruction project of the road that should last through November. Crews will reconstruct the pothole laden road between Arcade Street and Johnson Parkway. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Crews began pulling up East Third Street on Monday, July 13 as part of a large reconstruction project of the road that should last through November. Crews will reconstruct the pothole laden road between Arcade Street and Johnson Parkway. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Closures through November
Morning coffee commuters may someday be able to drive with a mug of hot joe on East Third Street before 2015 is over without getting second-degree burns.
Second from the top of St. Paul’s “Terrible 20” roadways, East Third Street should be getting some long-needed attention.
Crews began work on the pothole laden, bumpy road on Monday, July 13, and should be at it into at least November of this year.

Sun
19
Jul

Short-term mental health crisis center gains approval

People Incorporated, a social services agency, is getting closer to approval for its short-term mental health crisis center, which it’s looking to to relocate to the former convent at White Bear and Lacrosse avenues. The organization’s zoning requests will be  heard by the St. Paul City Council in August. (submitted photo)
People Incorporated, a social services agency, is getting closer to approval for its short-term mental health crisis center, which it’s looking to to relocate to the former convent at White Bear and Lacrosse avenues. The organization’s zoning requests will be heard by the St. Paul City Council in August. (submitted photo)

After squeezing through with 9-8 vote, matter now in the hands of city council
Despite some neighborhood opposition, People Incorporated is closing in on its zoning wishes, and is a step closer to approval for relocating its short-term mental health crisis center to a former convent at White Bear and Lacrosse avenues.
Currently located in the Hamline-Midway neighborhood, the short-term mental health crisis center would like to move to the East Side where it would increase its capacity to provide temporary housing for up to 16 men and women experiencing mental health crises.

Tue
14
Jul

East Side National Guard member helps rebuild in Croatia

East Sider Blong Kong, 21, has been spending a good part of the summer helping rebuild a community center in the small rural town of Racinovci, Croatia. The National Guardsman says it’s a welcome break from his job as a security guard at Target. (photos courtesy of the Minnesota National Guard)
East Sider Blong Kong, 21, has been spending a good part of the summer helping rebuild a community center in the small rural town of Racinovci, Croatia. The National Guardsman says it’s a welcome break from his job as a security guard at Target. (photo courtesy of the Minnesota National Guard)

As it’s been sunny and humid here in the Midwest, so too has it been in Racinovci, Croatia, reports East Sider Blong Kong, 21.

Tue
14
Jul

East Side Freedom Library growing, bustling

Bountiful books, plenty of programming fill the unique building  Things are coming along at the East Side Freedom Library, the Carnegie library building that was the Arlington Hills Library and a part of the St. Paul Public Library system for decades. For one, it's got a new roof, and grants coming in helping the organization get a foothold. With books on the shelves, people in the building, and a variety of programs happening out of the facility, it's taking on some of the life that its co-founder Peter Rachleff imagined it would have.

Sun
12
Jul

State reps call for railroad transparency

Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, speaks before a group of reporters, with a rail safety advocacy group alongside him showing support. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFL-Minneapolis, speaks before a group of reporters, with a rail safety advocacy group alongside him showing support. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Meeting at the edge of a the parking lot at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, where railroad tracks are in plain view just a few hundred feet away, some Minnesota state legislators and local government officials called for greater transparen

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