Tuesday, May 29, 2012
If approved, the funds will go towards community development in Maplewood.
Maplewood City Council approved a request made by City Manager Marty Corcoran to apply for $64,000 in funding from a Community Development Block Grant at last Tuesday night's regularly scheduled meeting. A public hearing was held at the meeting to provide residents the opportunity to give input on how to allocate the funds, should they be approved, though no one spoke. Of the $64,000, council members would like $39,000 to go towards a home improvement program, $20,000 for sidewalk improvement and $5,000 for backstops in Kellogg Park, Corcoran said. A city memo states it is uncertain if the federal government will continue to fund the block grant program, but Corcoran isn't worried. "That's the way it's been for the past five years or so," …
Monday, May 28, 2012
City council discussed the residential properties and what to do with them as soon as possible.
Maplewood City Council members spent the better part of last Tuesday night's meeting debating the fate of several 'problem properties' around the city. The first, a home located 2544 Circle Drive, has been an eyesore and a headache for area residents since 2008, Public Works Director Anthony Traxler said, with a "dilapidated" shed/garage, a need for window replacements and a new coat of paint, and a few other minor fixes. "They're worried about safety issues," Deputy Mayor and Ward 1 Councilowman Karen Wood said about neighbors near the home. "Nobody really knows what could be going on with the house, so I think we need to act on it in any way we can." The home owner has been given "every opportunity" at this point, Traxler said, to make …
Friday, March 2, 2012
As of March 14 a lot adjacent to the Sutton Bus Loop will become 2-hour parking only.
Maplewood City Council gave final approval on an ordinance change to make parking for the Sutton Bus Loop limited to two hours at last night's council meeting. Prior to approval, the Maplewood Code of Ordinances had no rules in place for a lot near the loop, which is just south of Manchester Road at Hazel and Sutton Avenues. The change will go into effect on March 14, and motorists will have to abide by the following rules: The lot is new and requires similar standards and regulations to other lots across Maplewood, City Manager Marty Corcoran said. Parking will be free. See related on Patch:
Friday, December 23, 2011
Lindi McDonald of Studio Forté is proud to be upgrading her studio to Sutton Boulevard where she says she will have more space for her students.
Local business owner Erin "Lindi" McDonald first dreamed of launching her own dance studio when she was just 14 years old. After dedicating more than 15 years to the art of dance and music, she achieved that dream in 2008 with the opening of Studio Forté, a studio with dance classes ranging from age 3 to adult. But McDonald said her success has meant that she's outgrown her old space on Manchester Road; she is moving the studio to the 2907-2911 block on Sutton Boulevard, across the street from the Black Cat Theatre. McDonald offers ballet, tap, hip-hop and jazz classes, but looks forward to expanding her repertoire in the brand new location, which is triple the space. "I'm excited to start a 'Mommy and Me' class and a wedding dance prep …
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
The newly opened restaurant on Manchester Road features vintage cocktails and Gorgonzola cheese mousse, minus the high prices.
With so many restaurants in downtown Maplewood, one might wonder if yet another will succeed. Owner Gabe Kveton of the city's brand new Water Street Café doesn't think it will be a problem. "I think every restaurant here sort of fills its own niche and offers something unique to this whole strip and to Maplewood," Kveton said. "I think there's a place for everybody." The café has only been open for a couple of weeks. It's a family operation headed up by Kveton and his sister Maria, who runs the kitchen as executive chef. And its name belongs to their dad's former publishing company, Water Street Publishing. Water Street Café is 100 percent dedicated to its new home. "I really love not only the space, but the neighborhood," Kveton said. "I…