Patrick Larkin

Mon
12
May

No parking, no problem?


The vacant building at 871 Payne Ave. could be bringing in a new tenant, a pre-paid cell phone store, if the building owner gets his way. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Prospective cell phone storefront looks to skip parking requirement
Steve Rorem, a real estate investor based in Eden Prairie, wants to dodge the Payne Avenue parking bullet.
In order to bring in a tenant to the former furniture warehouse at 871 Payne Ave., he has to convince the St. Paul Board of Zoning Appeals to give him a variance on the property.

Mon
12
May

Rainbow on Arcade to become Cub Foods


The Rainbow Foods on Arcade Street will become a Cub Foods within the next 60 days. The store was bought by Twin Cities-based SuperValu Foods. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

 Roundy’s is jumping ship on the Minnesota grocery market, the company announced May 7.
The company, which owns the local Rainbow Foods stores, cites a tough economy and a competitive local grocery market as reasons for the exit, according to a press release.
As a result, the Rainbow Foods grocery store at 892 Arcade St. will be bought by Twin Cities-based SuperValu Foods in the next 60 days, and the East Side will have a third Cub Foods.

Mon
12
May

It’s shovels and dirt for Metro State parking ramp


Construction on the long-awaited parking ramp at Metropolitan State University started on Tuesday, May 6. A groundbreaking celebration was held Friday, May 2, where school officials and the St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman toted the project as a sign of growth for the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For a project that’s been in planning stages for three years, it’s a relief to the staff at Metropolitan State University to see construction begin.
Work crews at Metropolitan State University started building a 760-stall parking ramp on Tuesday, May 6, and should begin work on a new student center next door in June.
“We’re just pleased we’re underway,” said Dan Hambrock, associate vice president of the school, who’s been bustling around campus toting blueprints and coordinating the projects.

Wed
07
May

Stillwater Prison: a time capsule


The Minnesota State Correctional Facility at Stillwater has stood the test of time -- though 100 years old, it’s still in full operation. The facility, which stands in Bayport, Minn. holds 1,638 inmates. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

As of Friday, May 2, the Stillwater Prison has been running non-stop, 24 hours a day, for the past 100 years.
Though by no means a cheerful place, the Victorian-era building does hold a certain charm. Even inside the main hallway where prisoners are transported, touches like lavender trim, worn tile floors, yellow brick walls and oak rails make it easily identifiable as a piece of history.

Mon
05
May

New Payne Ave. plaza is a labor of love


Sonia Ortega, a new business owner on the East Side, has ambitious goals for her newly opened Plaza Del Sol. Ortega hopes to make the space a bustling community marketplace. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Sonia Ortega has big dreams.
The fiercely diligent 42-year-old is hoping to make her mark on Payne Avenue, in the building that once held Borgstrom’s Pharmacy at the corner of Jenks and Payne avenues.
As far as she’s concerned, making Plaza Del Sol a bustling marketplace is simply a matter of will and tireless hard work. So she sleeps only four or five hours a night, while pulling 17-hour days.

Mon
05
May

9-year old meets her life savers


9-year-old Nevaeh Sellers, at the far right, met the firefighters who helped save her life on Monday, April 28. Sellers was found unconscious in her burning home on Sunday, Feb. 17. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Rescued by firefighters, she gets a chance to thank them
When firefighters found 9-year-old Nevaeh Sellers in the basement of her home, she was surrounded by a thick haze of smoke, unconscious, and her heart had stopped beating.
Thankfully, she has now recovered and a few months later, those same firefighters had the chance to see her full of life, smiling and holding a giant “thank you firemen” sign.

Mon
05
May

City looks to buy and demolish Payne Ave. ‘eyesore’


The former auto shop at 845 Payne Ave. will likely be demolished by the city this summer. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For the 20-plus years Dan Bayers has been with the St. Paul Planning and Economic Development Department, the little auto shop at 845 Payne Ave. hasn’t seen much action.
As far as he knows it’s mainly been used for storage, and has been somewhat of an ugly relic.

Mon
28
Apr

Food on a bus?


A retired Metro Transit bus will become a non-profit mobile grocery store on the East Side come summer. The bus will be retrofitted with shelving and coolers and redecorated on the outside with images of fresh produce. (submitted photo)

New mobile groceries will come to East Side
Come June, East Siders could have a pop-up grocery store within walking distance of their homes.
Twin Cities Mobile Market, a project of the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation, will be cruising around the East Side in an old Metro Transit bus with a variety of fresh groceries on hand. The non-profit project is tentatively scheduled to start in June.

Mon
28
Apr

CP Rail project meeting sees neighborhood opposition in force


Residents examine maps outlining Canadian Pacific Railroad’s proposed plans for an expansion at their yard near Pig’s Eye Lake in St. Paul. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Residents, officials demand more thorough study
Around 80 residents showed up at a public meeting about Canadian Pacific Railroad’s plan to expand its switching yard near Pig’s Eye Lake.
A quick show of hands revealed that nearly everyone was opposed the plan.

Mon
21
Apr

Pocket Parks eyeing Payne


Adding vibrancy to the Payne-Phalen neighborhood, the Payne Phalen Pocket Parks group made a small park out of a vacant lot in 2013. This year, they’re looking to put another one on Payne Avenue. (submitted photo)

Community park group will likely expand this year
With a couple of Payne Phalen Pocket Parks under their belts in 2013, the volunteer crew of East Side neighbors is ready for more. The neighborhood group created a small park and a community garden last year. This summer they’re pulling for a presence right on Payne Avenue.

Pages

Comment Here