Marjorie Otto

Marjorie Otto can be reached at motto@lillienews.com, or at 651-748-7816.

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28
Aug

419 Whitall rezoning approved; city council next step


The vacant lots in the 400 block of Whitall Street, marked with a star, are located just up the hill from the HealthPartners medical complex (light purple) along Phalen Boulevard. (courtesy of the St. Paul Zoning Committee)

The rezoning application for 419 Whitall St. was approved unanimously by the St. Paul Planning Commission on Aug. 19 and awaits final approval by the St. Paul City Council.

Sun
28
Aug

As new businesses come in, historical restorations come as well


The modern view of the corner of Payne Avenue and York Street, facing south, with 900 Payne on the left side. (Marjorie Otto/Review)

As new businesses begin occupying storefronts along Payne Avenue, many building owners are discovering that careful considerations must be made regarding the historic character of the avenue’s historic commercial corridor. 

Sun
21
Aug

Parklet on Payne, but what’s a ‘parklet?’


The parklet, which is located in front of Plaza Latina at 927 Payne Ave., was installed in early August and will remain until October.

Driving south on Payne Avenue, one may have noticed an odd, wooden structure in front of Plaza Latino at 927 Payne Ave., which now houses Mangos Restaurant, a Mexican restaurant that opened there in July last year.

Sun
21
Aug

East Side’s ‘Eggroll Queen’ brings egg rolls to the people


Mai Vang and her son Kevin made and sold egg rolls during the 7th Street Live event on Aug. 13. Mai lost her hearing three years ago, leading to the loss of her jobs. The East Side mother of four sells egg rolls to pay the bills.

Mai Vang started the business to support herself, is now supporting others in need

“I woke up one day and I lost my hearing, like all my hearing,” said Mai Vang, a long-time East Side resident. 

Sun
21
Aug

East Side youth host first local open mic night


From left, Delena Zekarias, Aisha Mohamud, Nyalat Dojiok, Hafsa Mohamud, State Sen. Foung Hawj, Fatuma Jama, Nahome Zekarias, Andrew Parker, Ramla Zekarias, and youth council advisor Chia “Chilli” Lor. These members of the District 1 Youth Council and Youth Task Force hosted the first East Side Pride Open Mic on Aug. 16.

On the stormy summer evening of Aug. 16, East Side youth gathered at the East Side Freedom Library, nervously awaiting the arrival of poets and performers. 

Sun
14
Aug

A quiet primary for the East Side

The Minnesota primary, which took place Aug. 9, proved to be uneventful for the East Side.

The only office on the ballot, besides the Minnesota Supreme Court, was for the U.S 4th Congressional District.

Sun
14
Aug

Lake Phalen splash pad to open in spring of 2017


Construction on the new splash pad began Aug. 1 and will be completed in Oct. of this year. The pad will open in the spring of 2017.

Construction has begun on a new splash pad at Lake Phalen Regional Park beach. 

The splash pad will will spray chlorinated water from the ground and from nozzles above, with the water draining away.

Sun
14
Aug

East Side nonprofit hosts education forum


From left to right, State Rep. Tim Mahoney, State Rep. Sheldon Johnson, Ramsey County Commissioner Jim McDonough and State Sen. Foung Hawj discussed their ideas to address educational disparities on the East Side.

Policy-makers talk educational disparities, new superintendent

Sun
14
Aug

Neighbors have little confidence in Whitall Street apartment development


An east metro developer is asking to have the land at 419 Whitall St. rezoned to construct an apartment building.

CPED moves forward with rezoning application

The atmosphere was tense at the Aug. 3 Payne-Phalen Community Planning and Economic Development committee meeting, the main draw being a rezoning application on the agenda.

Sun
07
Aug

Minnesota primary elections Aug. 9

The Minnesota state primary is Tuesday, Aug. 9, where voters will cast their ballots for the candidates they wish to have represent their political party in the Nov. 8 general election. 

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