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.
New community policing unit created to beat the heat
Starting Tuesday, April 15, the St. Paul Police Department’s Eastern District sent out a newly formed afternoon crew of four officers dubbed the “Community Response Team.”
Eastern District Senior Commander Joe Neuberger says the concept for the team is “in a way pretty old-school” -- the group will basically be hybrid beat officers.
Plaza Del Sol is a new hub of Hispanic businesses. The huge building has seen about $800,000 in investment in the past six months. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The 41,000-square-foot, $14 million Arlington Hills Community Center will add to the momentum along the Payne Avenue commercial corridor. The facility is scheduled to open May 22. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Cook St. Paul, a new restaurant on Payne Avenue, just opened its doors last week. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
ESNDC identifies $25 million in corridor investments
Spring may be lagging a little, but John Vaughn can see the warmer weather ahead.
“It’s Payne spring,” he says, “it’s busting out!”
Siblings Jane and Tex Metzger are the third generation of Metzgers running the family drywall business. The company was started by their grandfather in 1939. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Jane Metzger carries supplies from the company’s stock yard into the office. Jane Metzger officially took over as president of the company in 2011, taking the reins from her father, Gus. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Dave Bleeke, “yard man” at Metzger Building Materials, has been with the company for 25 years. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Long-time family business awarded
If you walked into Metzger Building Materials Company in the mid-1980s, you might see as many as five Metzgers, not to mention the family dog, hanging out at the business.
Tucked away along Phalen Boulevard at 768 Bradley St., the building supply business has been quietly chugging along for over 75 years and three generations.
Canadian Pacific Railroad operates a switching yard near Pig’s Eye Lake, located just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
With Canadian Pacific Railroad applying to expand operations at its Pig’s Eye switching yard, neighbors are approaching it as an opportunity to voice their concerns.
Canadian Pacific Railroad hopes to fill in six acres of wetlands to enlarge the facility, located just west of the intersection of U.S. Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road.
Pat McCurdy gets in some practice on the driving range out at Phalen Golf Course April 9. The 18-hole par 70 golf course opened Thursday, April 10. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
So far, so good, city and Prom Catering report
After a drawn out public process, the city-owned Phalen Golf Course is now open for the season, under private management for the first time.
The 18-hole, 6,100-yard recreational course is located in Phalen Regional Park.
St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman gave his speech at the yet-to-open Arlington Hills Community Center at the corner of Payne and Maryland avenues. The bright, sun lit building was a central part of the speech. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Speaking in the brightly lit gathering room at the new Arlington Hills Community Center, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman delivered his annual “state of the city” speech last week.
“Payne-Phalen has become a hallmark for how we as a city must grow,” Coleman told the crowd, emphasizing the promise of the new building. “Our efforts could not be more clear than here, in the Arlington Hills Community Center.”
Margaret Park is slotted for some renovations in coming years - thanks to a group of park advocates, $500,000 should be coming to the park to add a bathroom facility and make other improvements. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
When Jennifer Herman and her husband Tim moved to the area by Margaret Park with young kids, the park’s play area for young kids, known as the “tot lot,” was rated lowest in the city, she said.
The couple would drive their young kids to other more distant parks rather than go to the park mere blocks from their house.
Greg Mack has been the director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation since 1988. He’ll retire at the end of the month. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Greg Mack looks back at decades of parks progress
It’s been a long run for Greg Mack, parting director of Ramsey County Parks and Recreation.
Mack was hired back in February 1988, at a time when the county parks department was much more fledgling.
Would fill in wetlands, could threaten rare turtle
Canadian Pacific Railroad hopes to fill 6 acres of wetland to expand its Pig’s Eye switching yard, located near the intersection of Highway 61 and Lower Afton Road.
The project would add track to the switching yard, allowing longer trains to pass through and boosting the overall capacity of the yard. It would also add an access road.