St Paul

Sun
09
Aug

Hafner lot, long empty, on market

Once home to the popular bowling alley and shopping complex Hafner’s, 1590 White Bear Ave. has been bare since 2002 when the building was razed. Now, the lot is being marketed in hopes of attracting a developer to build retail or housing. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Once home to the popular bowling alley and shopping complex Hafner’s, 1590 White Bear Ave. has been bare since 2002 when the building was razed. Now, the lot is being marketed in hopes of attracting a developer to build retail or housing. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

NENDC hoping flea market, food trucks will draw attention to the spot
Just south of the border with Maplewood, a bare and disheveled piece of pavement has sat empty for over a decade at 1590 White Bear Ave.
The lot once held a bustling shopping center emblematic of the strip mall format of the 1950's, called Hafner's. Hafner's was a pillar of the Hillcrest shopping area along White Bear Avenue, just south of Larpenteur Avenue and St. Paul's border with Maplewood.

Sun
02
Aug

Proposed police training center raises concerns for neighbors

‘What’s in it for us?’ neighbors wonder
With plans underway for the St. Paul Police Department to get a new training facility in the East Side’s Railroad Island neighborhood, residents have chimed in to raise concerns and provide input on the project.
At a meeting of the Railroad Island Task Force on Thursday, July 23, representatives from the St. Paul Police Department and their development team met with residents to address issues they raised about the project.

Sun
02
Aug

Non-profit cookies coming to Payne

East Side teens will soon have the opportunity for a first job starting at the age of 15 at a new Cookie Cart location on Payne Avenue. The organization will install a storefront in two years, but until then, it will offer paid job training classes after school at Johnson High School. (photo courtesy of Cookie Cart)
East Side teens will soon have the opportunity for a first job starting at the age of 15 at a new Cookie Cart location on Payne Avenue. The organization will install a storefront in two years, but until then, it will offer paid job training classes after school at Johnson High School. (photo courtesy of Cookie Cart)

Another company picks up a vacant storefront building
In the heart of Payne Avenue’s commercial corridor, a non-profit cookie and teen job skills organization is looking to take root.
After scoping out a variety of East Side buildings, Minneapolis-based non-profit Cookie Cart bit the bullet and purchased 946 Payne Ave., where it intends to expand its operations to give East Side teens jobs and training.

Sun
02
Aug

Community garden grows vegetables as well as relationships with neighbors

Raised garden beds, including the one with cabbages, are accessible for Jeff to lend a hand in the community garden. Wheelchair access and raised garden beds are among the many benefits MSS staff say this garden has to offer. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
Raised garden beds, including the one with cabbages, are accessible for Jeff to lend a hand in the community garden. Wheelchair access and raised garden beds are among the many benefits MSS staff say this garden has to offer. (Linda Baumeister/Review)

For participants in Midwest Special Services programs, a community garden is not only a place to grow plants, but a way to grow social connections with their surrounding community.

Sun
02
Aug

Upset with surroundings, salon owner looks to sell

Cindy Neuenfeldt and her daughter Tammie have spent much of their life in the charming home at 1763 Ames Pl. E., but Cindy has decided to list the place for sale out of frustration over changes in the neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Cindy Neuenfeldt and her daughter Tammie have spent much of their life in the charming home at 1763 Ames Pl. E., but Cindy has decided to list the place for sale out of frustration over changes in the neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Long-time business owner asking $670k for house/business
Cindy Neuenfeldt’s elegant 1897 home at 1763 E. Ames Place has been revitalized top to bottom, from a finished basement to granite countertops to a master suite in the attic.
Yet it retains much of its original charm, with decorative wooden beams lining the ceilings of the first floor, original trim throughout, and a unique back staircase that was built for servants to go between floors.
“Whoever gets this place is really going to be lucky,” she says.

Sun
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

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

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.
 

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