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.
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.
The East Side’s new community radio station, WEQY 104.7 FM, has hit the air, broadcasting out of a studio in Dayton’s Bluff. Calling itself “the voice of the East Side” the mostly volunteer-run station has about 30 hours of weekly programming scheduled. Organizers are hoping to attract more people interested in creating programming. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Soft broadcast kicked off at East Seventh Live
"We're here to get some starch in your slacks... to tell you the best of what's going on on your block," spits out DJ Huh What on a new radio show called New Lens.
The two men behind the show are hoping to air twice weekly, showing off fresh hip hop tunes on a new East Side radio station.
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.
Academia Cesar Chavez’s founder Ramona A. de Rosales holds a golden shovel during the groundbreaking ceremony for the school’s new 35,000-square-foot expansion. The expansion will combine the former Blessed Sacrament church building with the current school building and a new structure, giving the school capacity to add 7th and 8th grade classes, a gymnasium, and a large library, among other features. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Will turn former Blessed Sacrament church into library
Setting in motion plans to nearly double their square footage, Academia Cesar Chavez celebrated the groundbreaking of a 35,000-square-foot expansion on Tuesday, Aug. 25.
The school is undergoing an expansion on its site at the former Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church space on White Bear Avenue at Ames Avenue.
A series of speeches were delivered at the groundbreaking in both Spanish and English, underlining the charter school's dedication to its dual-language approach.
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.
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.
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.