‘What’s in it for us?’ neighbors wonder
With plans underway for the St. Paul Police Department to get a new training facility in the East Side’s Railroad Island neighborhood, residents have chimed in to raise concerns and provide input on the project.
At a meeting of the Railroad Island Task Force on Thursday, July 23, representatives from the St. Paul Police Department and their development team met with residents to address issues they raised about the project.
East Side teens will soon have the opportunity for a first job starting at the age of 15 at a new Cookie Cart location on Payne Avenue. The organization will install a storefront in two years, but until then, it will offer paid job training classes after school at Johnson High School. (photo courtesy of Cookie Cart)
Another company picks up a vacant storefront building
In the heart of Payne Avenue’s commercial corridor, a non-profit cookie and teen job skills organization is looking to take root.
After scoping out a variety of East Side buildings, Minneapolis-based non-profit Cookie Cart bit the bullet and purchased 946 Payne Ave., where it intends to expand its operations to give East Side teens jobs and training.
Raised garden beds, including the one with cabbages, are accessible for Jeff to lend a hand in the community garden. Wheelchair access and raised garden beds are among the many benefits MSS staff say this garden has to offer. (Linda Baumeister/Review)
For participants in Midwest Special Services programs, a community garden is not only a place to grow plants, but a way to grow social connections with their surrounding community.
Cindy Neuenfeldt and her daughter Tammie have spent much of their life in the charming home at 1763 Ames Pl. E., but Cindy has decided to list the place for sale out of frustration over changes in the neighborhood. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Long-time business owner asking $670k for house/business
Cindy Neuenfeldt’s elegant 1897 home at 1763 E. Ames Place has been revitalized top to bottom, from a finished basement to granite countertops to a master suite in the attic.
Yet it retains much of its original charm, with decorative wooden beams lining the ceilings of the first floor, original trim throughout, and a unique back staircase that was built for servants to go between floors.
“Whoever gets this place is really going to be lucky,” she says.
A major construction project that Canadian Pacific Railway is doing at its St. Paul switching yard is well underway. Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Filling in wetlands 90 percent complete
According to Canadian Pacific Railway spokesperson Andy Cummings, the large expansion of the rail company's Dunn Yard is well underway.
Ninety percent of the work to fill in six acres of wetlands is done, a retaining wall is in place, and grading work has been completed.
Simple act of kindness on a hot summer day
Joyce Norbury, 90, was driving her 1997 Crown Victoria to get groceries, a car that she describes as "this massive ancient Crown Victoria," when something went amiss.
Her brakes seemed to be acting up. So, being a prudent individual, she turned off of the rather high-speed Phalen Boulevard onto Wells Street, and slowly brought the car to a halt.
Payne Phalen’s Lockwood Park will be getting some modest upgrades before early next year. St. Paul Parks and Recreation staff are in the planning process for the upgrades, and are reaching out to community members for input. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Planning is underway to upgrade Lockwood Park, the small, square park located at the corner of Cook Avenue and Mendota Street, not far from the Church of St. Casimir in the Payne Phalen neighborhood.
Entrepreneur Dimitri Hatzigeorgiou stands inside of 871 Payne Ave., which he hopes to turn into a concept restaurant. He decided to invest in Payne Avenue after reading news articles about the commercial corridor’s restaurant happenings. (Patrick Larkin/Review)
Picks up two buildings, hopes to open new businesses ASAP
It seems trend-piece articles about Payne Avenue have paid off, at least for two vacant buildings on the commercial corridor.
For it was after Dimitri Hatzigeorgiou heard the buzz about restaurants popping up on Payne from a radio news segment and some newpaper articles that he decided he'd better get in on the action.