A senior housing complex looking likely to go up at the corner of East Seventh Street and Bates Avenue, with construction potentially starting as soon as April. This rendering shows roughly how the building’s exterior will look. (submitted graphic)
Neighbors raise objections
Does 45 feet high sound like a tall building to you?
It does to some Dayton’s Bluff residents.
That’s roughly the height of a new senior housing complex likely to go up at the corner of East Seventh Street and Bates Avenue.
Raeann Ruth, founder of the Historic Mounds Theatre, is stepping down from her post as executive director. Ruth spent years with neighbors fixing up the old building, turning it from an eyesore into a place for live theater in Dayton’s Bluff. She’s shown painting the exterior back in 199 or 2000, wearing a pair of overalls as she’s known to do. (photo courtesy of Fred Kaphingst)
Theatre’s founder Raeann Ruth steps out
Fifteen years after she started, Raeann Ruth’s giving up her labor of love.
The 65-year-old is retiring from her post as executive director at the Historic Mounds Theatre, the Dayton’s Bluff neighborhood theater she helped restore and re-instill as a neighborhood icon. The place, a vaudeville theater turned movie theater, is now a live performance theater.
Blessed Sacrament, a Catholic church located at the corner of White Bear and Lacrosse avenues, will be sold to Academia Cesar Chavez. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Academia Cesar Chavez buying building
Just shy of 100 years as a parish, Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church will no longer be holding Mass on its campus at 1801 Lacrosse Ave.
The handsome, dark brick church building, built in 1947, is being sold along with the schoolhouse and the rectory. It’s the latest of East Side Roman Catholic churches to be sold off — in June 2014, St. John’s Catholic church was sold after the congregation was merged with St. Pascal Baylon.
Dayton’s Bluff resident Avi Viswanathan is one of five recipients of a Ron McKinley Philanthropy fellowship. The East Sider hopes to connect underrepresented communities, including the East Side, with grants and other philanthropic support. (submitted photo)
Hopes to connect people of color with grant money
Dayton’s Bluff resident Avi Viswanathan just earned an influential spot at the Bush Foundation, thanks to a philanthropy fellowship.
Viswanathan is one of five recipients of the Ron McKinley Philanthropy fellowship. The fellowship, put together by the Minnesota Council on Foundations, seeks to ensure that local philanthropy is equitable and inclusionary to communities of all types.
A map shows how two basic alignments of the Rush Line Corridor would go through the East Side, one via I-35E and another through Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority right-of-way, including Swede Hollow Park. More nuanced versions of the alignments, with more route options, will be on display at the Rush Line open houses scheduled for mid-January. (submitted graphic)
New alignments on the table
Bringing more potential routes to the table, Rush Line Corridor staff will present updated information about the potential transit line in open house events scheduled in mid-January.
The Rush Line Corridor is a transit line that would put a public transportation corridor from downtown St. Paul through the East Side up to either White Bear Lake or Forest Lake. Transit planners presented early studies of the potential routes over the summer and fall of 2014. Now, after taking in feedback from residents, they’re coming back to the table to present updated findings.
Funds come from DNR grant
After winning a $10,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul Parks and Recreation will look to put in an archery range at Pigs Eye Park, just down the hill from Dayton’s Bluff.
Eric Thompson, former East Side director for Parks and Rec who still works for the department as a certified park and recreation professional, said the initiative to get archery resources in St. Paul came from a meeting in St. Paul City Council member Russ Stark’s office, back in the spring.
Hoping to inspire young people and talk straight with them about issues of race and poverty, St. Paul organizers from American Friends Service Committee are holding a two-day workshop for teens and young adults called Freedom School.
A photo from last year shows the one-machine snowmaking operation at Battle Creek Regional Park, which was a trial run for a more comprehensive and permanent snowmaking setup at the park. Though the trial was deemed successful, staff will not be using the equipment to make snow this winter, despite minimal snow on the ground. (file photo)
Despite the mid-December warm up, Ramsey County Parks and Recreation staff will not be making snow at Battle Creek Regional Park. Not this year, at least.