I am writing to thank you for your dedication to our community and to ask for your continued support.
As a City Councilmember, I have committed my efforts to making our city and its neighborhoods safe, desirable places for families to live, work and enjoy. I’ve also worked to build a foundation that encourages businesses to grow and prosper, providing our residents jobs, entertainment, and convenient shopping opportunities. Together, we have worked overtime to bring renewed investment to Ward 6, the Eastside, and across all of Saint Paul.
Here are a few of the highlights ~
The reconstruction of Payne Avenue continues. In 2009, we began a pavement project designed to beautify this main street and re-invigorate Payne Avenue as a vital commercial corridor. Starting at East Seventh Street, we have repaved the street, as well as installed new sidewalks, boulevard trees, and lantern-style lighting all the way up to Orange Avenue. Next summer we will continue this project all the way to Wheelock Parkway.
In 2014, we will focus on street repaving in the Wheelock Parkway neighborhood, east of Edgerton Street and north of Wheelock. This beautiful neighborhood will benefit repaved streets, new gutters, curbs, lantern-style streetlights, improved sidewalks, upgraded water and sewer connections, and new boulevard trees.
Protecting Lake Phalen and investing in Phalen Park continue to be high priorities for me. If you visit Phalen Park today, you will see the implementation of the new Master Plan for Phalen Park, adopted in 2012. Already the historic Phalen Park Stone Arch Bridge has been renovated and was reopened after extensive restoration last year. Next year, you will see the canals which form the Picnic Island and link Lake Phalen and Keller Lake enhanced and restored to enable canoeing and to return the natural shoreline. Along the north shore of the lake, work has already begun to on the waterfall, which will re-circulate water from the lake and oxygenate it, thus providing a new focal point for visitors and enhancing water quality.
Improvements and extensions to the paths along Furness Parkway are nearly complete. The path now extends more than a mile, from Larpenteur to Maryland. Already neighbors, joggers, bicyclists, and dog-walkers are taking advantage of this new recreational opportunity. The city still has finishing touches to complete including lighting and tree planting, which are planned to be wrapped up early next summer.
It is great to see construction well underway at the Payne and Maryland for the new community center, park and library. This project will bring the long-overdue replacement of the Arlington Recreation Center and a new library to benefit this underserved neighborhood. The city will collaborate with non-profits groups and other partners to redevelop the area and to provide additional opportunities for learning, recreation, and community activities.
We continue to focus attention on the Phalen Village area. The city assisted the booming Hmong Village mall with traffic safety improvements. The addition of needed turn lanes at Maryland Avenue and Clarence Street, and also at Johnson Parkway is complete. The retail center surrounding Cub Foods is 100 percent occupied. Next up for Phalen Village: redevelopment of the former Wendy’s and Arby’s sites.
Through the efforts of the Port Authority, we continue to redevelop the 3M campus and other Eastside opportunity sites. We are pleased to welcome the new East Side Family Medical Clinic and Loomis Armored car company to their new homes. The clinic has doubled in size, and added dental and mental health services. They serve over 11,000 people a year. Loomis will move 45 employees to the Eastside and will add 25 more in the coming years. As a Port Authority commissioner, I am pleased to see both sites resurrected from contaminated brownfields to valuable community assets producing new jobs and taxes.
It is also exciting to see the results of public and private investments made throughout the neighborhood. Kendalls’s Ace Hardware reports a 16 percent increase in customers and a 24 percent increase in sales at their new location at Payne Avenue and Phalen Boulevard. Nearby, Ward 6 Food & Drink has generated a lot of positive publicity for Payne Avenue and the Eastside, and satisfied patrons and food critics from across the Twin Cities.
We have a great deal of additional projects and initiatives underway. I ask for your continued support for our efforts for redevelopment and investment in Saint Paul and on the Eastside!
I hope you will show your continued support for my service on the City Council by attendingthe Bostrom Volunteer Committee’s upcoming event.
EASTSIDE RECEPTION & FUNDRAISER
Friday, November 15th- 5 to 7 PM
Home of Robin Madsen 1425 Arlington Avenue East Saint Paul
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