Patrick Larkin

Sun
13
Sep

Long-vacant gas station gets buyer

The long-vacant gas station at Payne and Minnehaha avenues has a new owner. Abdi Wali Ali bought it in August and says he plans to revive it as a gas station and convenience store, but he will face numerous code issues and will have only a short period of time to rehabilitate the place. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
The long-vacant gas station at Payne and Minnehaha avenues has a new owner. Abdi Wali Ali bought it in August and says he plans to revive it as a gas station and convenience store, but he will face numerous code issues and will have only a short period of time to rehabilitate the place. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Buyer hoping for fruitful first business; neighbors hope to see it demolished
The long-vacant gas station at 719 Payne Ave. has a new owner.
Paying only $39,000 for it, Abdi Wali Ali bought the place hoping to turn his business management education from Goshen College in Indiana into a solid first business.
His plan is to re-open the building for the same use as before: a gas station and convenience store.

Wed
09
Sep

People Incorporated greenlighted for East Side


People Incorporated have the green light to move into the former convent building at White Bear and Lacrosse avenues -- the St. Paul City Council voted 5-2 to allow the building to be rezoned, which means People Incorporated can house up to 16 men and women who are in the midst of mental health crises. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Mental health crisis organization will move into former convent
Parking worries failed to surmount a social services agency's attempts to move into the greater East Side area. 

Sun
06
Sep

Rush Line planning carries on

I-35E out, Swede Hollow still in
With work closing in on the first stage of planning for the Rush Line Corridor, some of the vast arrays of potential route options are being whittled away.

Sun
06
Sep

New city fund gives East Side commercial a boost

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)
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.

Sun
06
Sep

Parking concerns delay council vote on People Inc.

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)
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.

Sun
30
Aug

St. Paul council candidates line up

The candidate filings are in, and St. Paul's 2015 city council election looks to have some wards with crowded races.

The candidate filing for city council and school district elections without a primary has closed.

Sun
30
Aug

WEQY hits the airwaves

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)
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.

Sun
30
Aug

Twin Cities Academy celebrates groundbreaking

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)
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.

Sun
30
Aug

Cesar Chavez breaks ground on new facility

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)
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.

Sun
23
Aug

East Siders turn out to oppose lion hunting

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)
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.

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