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Squatting art park could face demolition


Ronald “Arjo” Adams sits beside some scrap metal he salvages to make sculptures for his art park.

The park at 680 Wells St. is a strange, charming spot.
With quirky sculptures, picnic tables and gardens terraced into the steep hill, it’s a place familiar to many in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood.
It’s in many ways an extension of its maker, 60-year-old Ronald Joseph Adams, who goes by the nickname Arjo.

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07
Jul

Co-op, senior housing reach out to residents


About 80 people showed up to talk about the proposed plans for the vacant lot at the corner of Maple Street and East 7th Street. (submitted photo)

After a community input meeting, the potential site for a new food co-op and senior housing complex looks to be on track.
An estimated 80 community members met to talk about the proposed plan for the empty city-owned lot along East 7th Street. Once the site of Hospital Linens, the sizable plot has been vacant for more than six years. Two groups, Mississippi Market and Dominium, are in talks with the city to put two new buildings on the lot.

Sun
07
Jul

Former nursing home, long-vacant, gets revamped


The three-story former nursing home will be re-purposed into 70 affordable apartment units, and could open as soon as January 2014. (Patrick Larkin/Review)

At 324 Johnson Parkway sits a giant, unused building, that was once a nursing home. The site’s been empty for more than four years.
But that may change in short order. A developer is making a move to convert the property into 70 inexpensive apartment units.
And a $719,400 grant will help them do so -- the Metropolitan Council gave them the funds in order to get rid of asbestos that’s covering the interiors from floor to ceiling. It also helps remove lead-based paint and mercury from the building.

Sun
07
Jul

Former Big John’s Bar building facing demolition


The former site of Big John’s Corner Bar at the corner of Southview Boulevard and Ninth Avenue has deteriorated after sitting empty for nearly three years and now could face demolition. (Luke Reiter/Review)

A South St. Paul building that used to be known as the place to go for a rowdy evening may be facing its last rumble.
The city council voted in its July 1 meeting to demolish the former home of Big John’s Corner Bar at Southview Boulevard and Ninth Avenue if the property owners don’t complete extensive repairs within the next 90 days. The building has sat vacant since the last tenant, “Big” John Dadovich, died in 2010 and has deteriorated to hazardous conditions in that time, according to city staff.

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03
Jul

North St. Paul woman sentenced to 30 days in jail for aiding boyfriend in 2011 shooting

Jade Larson, 21, of North St. Paul was sentenced to 30 days in jail after pleading guilty to the felony charge of aiding and hiding her boyfriend at the time, Adrian Flowers, after he killed De’Koda Galtney in a drive-by shooting on Sept. 28, 2011.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were summoned to the area of Third Street and Bates Avenue on the East Side of St. Paul to investigate a shooting near where children were playing on a warm day. Witnesses said an unknown man shot Galtney in the chest, and friends drove him to Regions Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

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30
Jun

Maryland-Arkwright construction slated to start mid-August


Maryland Avenue will be widened at the Arkwright intersection later this summer. (submitted graphic)

Ramsey County Public Works crews have been working on Maryland Avenue one intersection at a time.
So far they’ve added left-turn lanes at two dangerous intersections along the avenue -- at Prosperity Avenue and at Rice Street.
Next, they’ll be working on the Arkwright Street intersection, putting in left-turn lanes, widening the road and improving the sidewalks.

Sun
30
Jun

Hmong talk about an elephant in the room


Patrick Larkin/Review

St. Paul resident Tiffany Vang says she never felt particularly encouraged to go to school by her family. “College” wasn’t a word that got thrown around in her household, and most of her siblings did not go to college.
She sees this as part of a larger problem in the Hmong community.
So, working with colleagues, she’s hoping to change that with a new group at the Lao Family Community of Minnesota.

Sun
30
Jun

Late-night gunfire leads to raid, arrests, seized guns

In the early hours of June 17, residents on the 1600 block of McAfee Street were awakened by the sound of gunshots inside a home.
Nearby on White Bear Avenue, a St. Paul police officer heard the shots. Approaching the area, he was able to confirm what he’d heard with residents, who directed him to a specific home on the block, according to a statement from the St. Paul’s Eastern District Police Station.

Sun
30
Jun

Resident concerns delay IGH senior housing project


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You wouldn’t typically think of senior citizens as the type of neighbors who cause people to pack up and move away, but that’s what some Inver Grove Heights residents say they may do if a new senior housing facility near Concord Avenue and Highway 52 is constructed as planned.
The issue, according to the residents who spoke at the June 24 city council meeting, isn’t the tenants, but rather the placement and design of the 66-unit building proposed by the Dakota County Community Development Agency at the corner of Cheney Trail and Cahill Avenue. They say placing the three-story structure on the southeast corner of lot near homes on Cheney Trail will bring hilltop residents eye-to-eye with their new neighbors and diminish property values in the area.

Sun
30
Jun

WSP narrows list of city manager candidates

West St. Paul is one step — or four more eliminations — away from selecting its next city manager.
The city has narrowed its list of applicants to five for a position that has been vacant for nearly two years.

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