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.
East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned his experience of getting his bikes stolen into a positive one — he opted to fix neighborhood kids’ bikes for free, and handed out over 100 refurbished bikes to neighborhood kids. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
After getting his prized racing bikes stolen from his garage, East Sider Jeremy Sartain turned the experience into a productive, community oriented venture to put tuned up bikes in the hands of kids throughout the East Side.
Parkway Little League will be adding a fourth field to what was once a hill and a grove of trees just south and east of where the current fields lie along East Third Street in Dayton’s Bluff. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Parkway Little League, the East Side’s long-running Little League baseball organization, is adding a field to its complex along East Third Street near Earl Street in Dayton’s Bluff.
The East Side Neighborhood Development Company, in conjunction with architects at Robert Engstrom Companies, imagine redeveloping this vacated stretch of Maryland Avenue just west of Payne Avenue into a cluster of small (but not tiny) homes. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Hoping to make use of some recently vacated land, two developers have schemed a way to squeeze in some affordable new build homes onto squat vacant lots that were cleared and pared down to make way for the widening of Maryland Avenue.
Railroad Island has always been distinctive, but some differences you can be proud of. Data that indicates both energy and money may be going to waste in area homes garners a different type of attention.
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.