East Side Review

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East Side Review police reports May 1 - 7, 2014

Thursday, May 1 - Wednesday, May 7, 2014 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

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May

Prank call locks down Parkway school for one hour

Parkway Montessori Middle School went into lockdown mode on Wednesday, May 14 following a suspected prank call to the St. Paul Police Department.

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19
May

Arlington Hills is almost ready


The large community room at the new Arlington Hills Community Center will play host to two free daily meals for kids during the summer. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The Arlington Hills Community Center features a double gym with a divider, and a running track sits above it. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

The teen center has books and media specifically for teens, in a room that has an interactive computer display, floor to ceiling whiteboards, a recording studio and a performance area. (submitted photo)

The main stairway leading from the main floor into the basement features wood paneling from Wood from the Hood, and minimalistic hanging lights. The stairway leads down into the teen center and to the facility’s double gym. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

New community center will open May 22
The Arlington Hills Community Center, a first-of-its-kind public building for St. Paul, is just about ready to swing open its doors for visitors.
Staff are placing furniture as it comes, preparing for the grand opening on May 22 and the end of the school year, when, if things go as planned, kids will begin pouring in to the new building.

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Mayor’s office diverts funds to East Side rec centers

East Side rec centers will see some added staffing this summer, thanks to a diversion of city funds.

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19
May

County, MnDOT to allocate funds for I-35E pedestrian paths


The Gateway Trail pedestrian and bicycle bridge over Interstate 35E will be removed with the widening of the freeway for the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s MnPass project. East Side officials have been pushing to replace the pedestrian crossings that were last due to freeway construction, and have struck a deal with the county and MnDOT. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Local officials tout it as a win for the neighborhood
After a lengthy process and months of neighbors putting pressure on MnDOT, East Side pedestrians’ freeway woes have at least partially been answered.
The Ramsey County Board of Commissioners voted to spend up to $175,000 for improvements to pedestrian walkways along the I-35E corridor. MnDOT will match that amount, for a total of up to $350,000 to be put towards East Side pedestrian improvements.

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East Side Review police reports Apr. 24-30, 2014

Thursday, Apr. 24 - Wednesday, Apr. 30, 2014 police reports for St. Paul Districts 1, 2, 4 & 5.

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May

Ex-boyfriend arrested in stabbing death of Towanda Harris

Police officers followed a trail of blood from the living room of an apartment into the bedroom.
There they found Towanda Harris, 46, lying dead on the floor of her own bedroom in a pool of blood in an apartment on the 1400 block of Minnehaha Avenue East at 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10.
As her 10-year-old niece described it, Harris' eyes were "floating backwards."

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12
May

No parking, no problem?


The vacant building at 871 Payne Ave. could be bringing in a new tenant, a pre-paid cell phone store, if the building owner gets his way. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

Prospective cell phone storefront looks to skip parking requirement
Steve Rorem, a real estate investor based in Eden Prairie, wants to dodge the Payne Avenue parking bullet.
In order to bring in a tenant to the former furniture warehouse at 871 Payne Ave., he has to convince the St. Paul Board of Zoning Appeals to give him a variance on the property.

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12
May

Rainbow on Arcade to become Cub Foods


The Rainbow Foods on Arcade Street will become a Cub Foods within the next 60 days. The store was bought by Twin Cities-based SuperValu Foods. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

 Roundy’s is jumping ship on the Minnesota grocery market, the company announced May 7.
The company, which owns the local Rainbow Foods stores, cites a tough economy and a competitive local grocery market as reasons for the exit, according to a press release.
As a result, the Rainbow Foods grocery store at 892 Arcade St. will be bought by Twin Cities-based SuperValu Foods in the next 60 days, and the East Side will have a third Cub Foods.

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12
May

It’s shovels and dirt for Metro State parking ramp


Construction on the long-awaited parking ramp at Metropolitan State University started on Tuesday, May 6. A groundbreaking celebration was held Friday, May 2, where school officials and the St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman toted the project as a sign of growth for the school. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

For a project that’s been in planning stages for three years, it’s a relief to the staff at Metropolitan State University to see construction begin.
Work crews at Metropolitan State University started building a 760-stall parking ramp on Tuesday, May 6, and should begin work on a new student center next door in June.
“We’re just pleased we’re underway,” said Dan Hambrock, associate vice president of the school, who’s been bustling around campus toting blueprints and coordinating the projects.

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