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2016 - A look back at a year of change on the avenue

The year 2016 saw a lot of change on the Penn Avenue in the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood. We both welcomed and said goodbye to numerous businesses on the avenue. Here's a quick look back at some of the highlights.

CM Fitness and Dance Energizes the Avenue

CM Fitness and Dance Richfield MN
CM Fitness and Dance opens at 6722 Penn Avenue S.
CM Fitness.jpg Richfield MN
Planted a new garden
CM Fitness Open Streets at Penn Fest Richfield MN
CM Fitness at Open Streets at Penn Fest

CM Fitness and Dance arrived to the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood in 2016 and added a new energy to the avenue. The studio offers Zumba, Latin, hip hop and many other styles of action dances, as well as yoga. Being great neighbors, CM Fitness and Dance planted a new garden on their street front side last summer and were enthusiastic participants in Open Streets at Penn Fest in September.

The transformation from Lariat Lanes to Fraser

Lariat Lanes Bowling Alley Richfield MN
Before: Lariat Lanes
Fraser - Richfield MN on Penn Avenue
After: Transformation to Fraser

The old Lariat Lanes Building at 6320 Penn Avenue South took on its new life as part of the  Fraser campus. Over the summer, the building was extensively renovated and new green space and trees were added along Penn Avenue.

As in all changes, some were encouraging and positive and some were disappointing. We saw the addition of exciting new businesses who promise to add life and vitality to the neighborhood, and we said farewell to some old friends on the avenue.

Flowerama says farewell

Flowerama in Richfield MN
Flowerama on its last day of business

For years residents in the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood marked the seasons with what was happening at Flowerama at the corner of Penn and 66th. Flower baskets in spring, pumpkins in fall and Christmas wreaths in December provided a warm reminder of the time of year. The shop closed last spring. leaving a void on the avenue.

Rapid change at the bank location

First National Bank of the Lakes Richfield MN
First National Bank of the Lakes
Penn Avenue Richfield Minnesota
Bridgewater Bank
Closed Bank Building Richfield MN
Closed Bank Building

It was a year of rapid change at the bank building at 6613 Penn Aveneu South, Richfield. First National Bank of the Lakes was purchased by Bridgewater Bank, which in turn closed the Richfield location in October.

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Dunkin Donuts makes bid to come to Richfield

Dunkin Donuts Richfield MN
Dunkin Donuts looking at Car Hop site

Dunkin Donuts is looking at possibly locating to the CarHop site in the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhhood. At a December 13th joint Richfield City Council and Planning Commission meeting, a proposal was reviewed to replace the existing CarHop buildlng with new construction that would house a Dunkin Donuts outlet. During that meeting, some reservations were expressed about the proximity of a planned drive through to neighboring apartments and design features that are inconsistent with the Penn Avenue Corridor Design Guidelines.


The  plan calls for renovating the building that housed Flowerama for a new tenant at a future date.

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