By unanimous decision, the board of St. Paul’s Heritage Preservation Commission recently recommended that a developer be allowed to demolish a longtime Lowertown bar and replace it with a seven-story, 90-unit apartment building. Commission staff said that though the one-story brick building that houses Kelly’s Depot Bar dates back to 1924, the structure has been heavily altered over the years and is not considered a particularly historic addition to the Lowertown Historic District. The decision puts developer Jim LaValle and TJL Development LLC one step closer to the construction of market-rate housing at 241 E. Kellogg Blvd. Nevertheless, one commission member spoke about his frustrations — not with the developer, but with the Commission’s review process. Board member David Wagner said developers are submitting relatively generic proposals to the HPC in hopes of surviving the stringent review process. In the case of Kelly’s, the exterior of the boxy … [Read more...] about Does St. Paul’s historic preservation panel encourage bland development? One member thinks so
opinion Paul W. Smith Published 10:44 PM EST Nov 18, 2018 “Outta’ My Mind on a Monday Moanin’ ” Happy Thanksgiving Week! Most of us are looking forward to a great meal (or two) with family and friends in the days ahead. Some, unfortunately will not be so lucky. God Bless Tom and Vicki Celani and their children for forming the Celani Family Foundation. The idea really started in the late '60s, when Tom Celani remembers watching his father work with Detroit City Councilman Jack Kelly and the Capuchin Soup Kitchen to help fight hunger in Detroit. Years later, Tom and Vicki introduced their children to volunteering and philanthropy by participating in serving meals at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen. In 2014, the Celani family initiated the Hunger Free in the D campaign after reading about how many struggling Michigan families went without a Thanksgiving meal. Today marks the fifth “Hunger Free in the D” special edition broadcast of The Paul W. Smith … [Read more...] about Paul W. Smith: Celani family feeds hungry during holidays
In St. Paul’s Como neighborhood, St. Andrew’s Church could be demolished to make room for a three-story expansion of the popular German Immersion School next door. Or the imposing, 91-year-old former worship space could be preserved as-is due to a local historic designation that took a step closer to reality on Monday night. “Clearly, it’s a significant historic building, at least in my mind,” said St. Paul Heritage Preservation Commission member Stuart MacDonald. With dozens of audience members filling seats and crammed against walls, teachers, parents, students, neighbors and school board members argued their case during a nearly 3 1/2-hour public hearing before a panel of historic preservationists at St. Paul City Hall. A granddaughter of building architect Charles Hausler flew in from Florida to testify against demolition. Taking the opposite tack, Anthony Radecki, whose children attend the growing charter school, wore a poster affixed to his torso … [Read more...] about St. Paul panel votes to preserve Como church building that charter school wants to raze
Eye-popping tax proposals and a half-baked strategic plan could make Tuesday’s St. Paul Public Schools referendum an unusually hard sell in a city that’s historically opened its wallets to support public education. The four St. Paul school levy increases since 2000 each won between 56 percent and 62 percent approval from voters. Tuesday’s vote could be closer, judging by the results of a May survey commissioned by the school board. It found 58 percent of respondents were willing to pay an extra $125 a year in school taxes, while just 44 percent would pay $150. The school board settled on an $18.6 million tax hike that would cost the average homeowner $135 a year plus inflation. Rosilyn Carrol, a school board member from 1976 to 1983, hasn’t decided how she’ll vote. She’s been frustrated by the quality of education on the city’s East Side and doesn’t see a clear plan for improvement, with or without higher taxes. “To do the same old … [Read more...] about Will higher taxes, unclear goals doom St. Paul schools referendum?
Terry Tang, Associated Press Updated 2:46 pm PDT, Friday, October 26, 2018 Native American protesters stand outside the Phoenix office of Yandy.com, a retailer of "sexy Native American" costumes on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. For some ethnic and racial groups, Halloween has long been haunted by costumes that perpetuate stereotypes and instances of cultural appropriation. less Native American protesters stand outside the Phoenix office of Yandy.com, a retailer of "sexy Native American" costumes on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. For some ethnic and racial groups, Halloween has long been ... more Photo: Terry Tang, AP Photo: Terry Tang, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 Native American protesters stand outside the Phoenix office of Yandy.com, a retailer of "sexy Native American" costumes on Wednesday, Oct. 24, … [Read more...] about Kelly’s ‘blackface’ remarks amplify Halloween costume debate