Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The St. Louis Park bar and restaurant was able to raise food sales to city standards.
It's been a long year and a half for Toby Keith's I Love This Bar and Grill, but the St. Louis Park establishment has finally hit the city's 50-50 food-to-liquor ratio and will go off probation. The bar and grill has had a probationary liquor license from the city since February of 2011, when Toby Keith's sales were at 31 percent food and 67 percent liquor. The city has required local establishments sell at least 50 percent food since 2000 in an effort to keep standalone bars out of St. Louis Park. As punishment, City Council can put non-complying locales on probation, impose fines, or even revoke liquor licenses. At a Monday night City Council meeting, Toby Keith's reported food sales of 51 percent and liquor sales of 49 percent since …
Monday, September 24, 2012
The St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission hosted an informational session Thursday night.
Erin Keyes said she wants people to know that her family isn't really any different from anyone else's. Keyes, a St. Louis Park resident, lives with her partner, Liberty Lucken, and their young daughter, Ivy. Keyes spoke Thursday night at an informational session hosted by the the St. Louis Park Human Rights Commission that looked at the proposed constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage in Minnesota. "In reality, we're boring," Keyes said of her family. "The things we worry about on a day-to-day basis are not really that different from what other people worry about." While Thursday's session at City Hall was labeled as informational, commission members were clear they were aligning with City Council's stated view on the issue—…
Friday, September 14, 2012
With a St. Louis Park street set to get renamed, it seems like a good time for some trivia on local streets.
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Friday, September 14, 2012
St. Louis Park is getting a new street—sort of. At the request of Beth El Synagogue, 25 1/2 Street West—which is located just north of the synagogue—will be renamed Barry Street West, in honor of donors Charles and Melanie Barry (namesakes of the Barry Family Campus at the Sabes JCC). City Council approved the change unanimously at a meeting last week, and new signage is expected to be up in about a month. This name change got us thinking about St. Louis Park street names in general, which got us thinking about something fun—trivia! Check out our 10 questions on SLP street names, then post your answers in the comments below.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
The Minnehaha Creek will be "re-meandered" this winter—a process that should improve water quality.
St. Louis Park City Council on Tuesday gave its blessing to a project that will add curves to the Minnehaha Creek—a process that should be both aesthetically and environmentally pleasing. The roughly $1 million "re-meander" of the creek will return it closer to its original orientation, as its current alignment is actually the result of human intervention as well. Not only should this look better, but the curved creek will also interact more with natural buffers—like native prairie glass—which help purify the water. The creek is currently classified as "impaired," meaning it's not safe for fish or wildlife on the banks. No city money will be going toward the project, as the Minnehaha Creek Watershed District—with help from a Minnesota …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Final approval of the tax levy will come in December.
The St. Louis Park City Council on Tuesday approved a preliminary 2013 tax levy that council members hope will help pay off debt on the city's new fire stations and allow for future growth. The figure approved by a 6-0 vote is $24,712,941, which is about a 4 percent increase from what was levied this year. Council won't set the final number until December, and it can lower—but not increase—the levy between now and then. City staff recommended an increase in part to help pay down debt, particularly on the two new fire stations that opened this year for $15 million. The city is slated to pay $2 million toward debt services next year. The tax levy also jumped about 4 percent between last year and this year, as again the city paid down $2 …
Det. Matt Reilly was honored by City Council on Tuesday night.
After spending 30 years on the force, St. Louis Park Police Det. Matt Reilly has announced his retirement. Reilly, who started with the department on Feb. 15, 1982, was honored with a plaque from City Council on Tuesday night. Mayor Jeff Jacobs also read the following resolution: WHEREAS, Matt began his employment with the City of St. Louis Park over 30 years ago on February 15, 1982; and WHEREAS, Matt served and protected the citizens of St. Louis Park as a patrol officer for nineteen years; and WHEREAS, Matt served as the St. Louis Park Crime Prevention Officer for one year; and WHEREAS, Matt was promoted to the position of Support Services Agent on January 1st, 2001; and WHEREAS, Matt served on the board of the Midwest Economic Crime …
Tuesday, September 4, 2012
36 Park is slated to open in the spring.
A new luxury apartment going up in St. Louis Park is seeking lease applications as it nears completion. 36 Park is expected to open in March. The 10-story, 192-unit apartment complex near the corner of 36th and Park Center Boulevard has one-bedroom apartments available for between $1,350 and $2,045 per month. The building will feature amenities such as a rooftop terrace with a fire pit, grill and views of the Minneapolis skyline, as well as a clubroom with a pool table. The project was originally slated to be a senior living facility, but with light rail plans progressing in the area, developers decided to change course. 36 Park's brick, glass and metal design is meant to fit with an urban arts corridor that could blossom with the …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Here's what had St. Louis Park talking this past month.
September is here, which means August is no more. As we turn the page on our calendars, here are the five stories that had St. Louis Park talking last month: 1) A Reunion for the Ages in St. Louis Park Alumni of all ages returned to St. Louis Park High School on Aug. 25 for an all-year reunion to celebrate school history and commit to future educational excellence. 2) Steel Toe Taproom Gets Council's Blessing Thanks to Surly, St. Louis Park's Steel Toe Brewing will soon be able to sell its brews by the pint on-site. City Council on Aug. 6 unanimously approved changes to its zoning and liquor codes that will allow the year-old brewery to sell its own beer on the premises. If other breweries open in St. Louis Park, they too will be allowed …
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Currently, St. Louis Park city code is mum on the issue.
Beekeeping in St. Louis Park will likely remain a legal hobby, but don't be surprised if new regulations are added. The St. Louis Park City Council discussed the issue Monday during a study session, and most members said they'd like to see beekeeping continue to be allowed in the city. Currently, the practice is OK by default, because city code is mum on residential beekeeping. However, council member Sue Sanger and Mayor Jeff Jacobs were less supportive. “I’d like to prevent problems rather than let them fester and become complaints," Sanger said. "I don’t want to authorize adding even more (bees).” The issue first came to council in June, prompted by a resident who had lodged a complaint about being stung by bees from a neighbor's …
Monday, August 27, 2012
A stretch of track from I-394 to just east of Beltline Boulevard is being replaced.
Changes are coming to the Kenilworth Freight Rail Corridor this fall, but not as part of a potential reroute through St. Louis Park. A stretch of track from I-394 to just east of Beltline Boulevard will be replaced in October, the Hennepin County Regional Railroad Authority reported Tuesday. The section of track is aging and isn't up to current design standards. The new track will consist of continuously welded rail, which will result in smoother operations for freight trains. There is no plan to increase train speeds as part of the project, the HCRRA reports. This also has nothing to do with a proposed freight rail reroute that could divert Kenilworth traffic onto a railway that runs through the heart of St. Louis Park to make room for a …