Patrick Larkin

Sun
23
Aug

Ramsey County pulls leadership switcheroo

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.

Sun
23
Aug

Standard Oil building in Bruce Vento razed

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)
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.

Sun
23
Aug

Bike theft inspires man to be neighborhood helper

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)
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.

Sun
16
Aug

Ramsey County submits budget

2.5% increase proposed, with a raised tax levy

Ramsey County’s budget could climb at a rate of about 2.5 percent per year for the next two years.

Sun
16
Aug

60 years in, Parkway Little League adds a fourth field

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 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.

Sun
16
Aug

Developers pitch small home cluster at Payne and Maryland

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)
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.

Sun
16
Aug

Housing non-profit hopes to lower electric bills in Railroad Island

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.

Sun
09
Aug

Hafner lot, long empty, on market

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)
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.

Sun
09
Aug

Archaeologists dig for history in Swede Hollow

Two anthropology students led a dig to find artifacts of Swede Hollow Park’s rich history. Above, a volunteer excavates a one square meter section of debris and rubble in the park. (photo courtesy of Stefanie Kowalczyk and Kelly Wolf)
Two anthropology students led a dig to find artifacts of Swede Hollow Park’s rich history. Above, a volunteer excavates a one square meter section of debris and rubble in the park. (photo courtesy of Stefanie Kowalczyk and Kelly Wolf)

Though it's now a quiet, perhaps underused green space, Swede Hollow Park was once home to as many as 2,000 people at a time.

Sun
09
Aug

Metro State parking ramp opens

Construction of Metropolitan State University’s new 760-stall parking is wrapped up as of the first week of August. The $21.2 million project comes hand-in-hand with two new development project’s the university is working on. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Construction of Metropolitan State University’s new 760-stall parking is wrapped up as of the first week of August. The $21.2 million project comes hand-in-hand with two new development project’s the university is working on. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

It's official, there's more parking on East Seventh Street.

Metropolitan State University officials announced that the school's new 760 car ramp is open.

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