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Richfield Gateway Monument Takes Shape

 

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At the time this photo was taken, the new gateway monument at Penn and 62nd was still missing an "R" for Richfield, but it was otherwise taking shape nicely. We will enjoy having this warm and welcoming sign to greet Richfield visitors.


 

Big decision impacting Richfield is coming

Richfield City Council to consider 66th Street Options

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Officials explaining project map to open house attendees

For years, Richfield residents have lived with a congested 66th Street that is also in a state of disrepair. Thankfully improvements to the road are on the horizon. The street, which is a Hennepin County road, is scheduled for a major reconstruction starting in 2016, allowing for a significant redesign. In anticipation of this project, the Richfield Transportantion Commission has studied how to make 66th Street more desirable for vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian traffic.

 

Awhile ago, the Transportation Commission recommended a plan for 66th Sttreet east of 35W that will include improved sidewalks, boulevards and cycle tracks. This concept will create an environment for more pleasant walking and biking, which is sorely lacking from the present state of the roadway.

 

The stretch of 66th between 35W and Penn posed a challenge, however, for this concept. There isn't adequate space to construct this design with current placement of homes. The Transportation Commission recently reconvened to consider two options: 1) a low impact plan that would limit property acquistion but sacrifice 66th Street enhancements, or 2) a plan known as 4B that would allow for pedestrian and biking enhancements, but require significantly more property acquisition. On November 5, the commission recommended plan 4B, which will modernize the road but require the acquistion of 18 homes on the south side of 66th. The City Council will consider this issue at its December 9th meeting.

 

The recommended 4B plan was shown at a recent open house at Wood Lake Nature Center on November 13, where attendees had a chance to learn more, view maps and offer input.

 

This is a difficult issue requiring much thought. A modernized 66th Street with more pleasant walking and biking environments would definitely be an asset for the community, but the acquisition of homes cannot be taken lightly. The loss of homes has both an impact on the residents and a long-term loss of tax revenue for the City, both of which require serious reflection.

 

Penn Central of Richfield encourages residents, businesses and all concerned parties to weigh in with their opinions on either side of the issue.

 

To learn more about this project, click these links:

 

City of Richfield Sweet Streets Web Page

 

Concept 4B for 66th Street between Penn and 35W (This link will give you a larger map of the photo above)

 

Stay tuned for more information and updates about 66th Street.


 

 


New store on the avenue

"Something for Everyone" offers exactly that! 

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Bill Wasserman (pictured) runs the store with his wife Patricia Bown
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Located at 6644 Penn Avenue South in Richfield
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Selection includes dolls and stuffed animals
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Collectible plates and decorations
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Sports memorabilia and more!

Something for Everyone, a new store at 6644 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, offers a sense of adventure when you walk through the door. Step inside and you're suddenly surrounded by an intriguing collection of decorations, memorabilia, toys, models and more. The vast array of items is what makes the store magical. Visiting Something for Everyone is not just a shopping trip. It's a journey of discovery.

 

The store is run by Patricia Bown and her husband, Bill Wasserman. We stopped in for a visit on Saturday, November 15 and met Bill. Just as the name suggests, the store has "Something for Everyone." Bill mentioned that the store offers items for all ages from kids to adults. You'll find model cars, collectible dolls, decorative plates and figurines, stuffed animals, sports memorabilia and decorations -- and that's just scratching the surface. As the holiday season approaches, Something for Everyone will be a great destination for discovering imaginative and unique gifts. 

 

Something for Everyone is open Monday through Thursday from 10 am to 4 pm and Friday and Saturday 10 am to 6 pm. Sunday hours will start in December for the holiday shopping season.

 

Stop by to explore this new store in Penn Central of Richfield, and to say "hello" to our new neighbors, Patricia and Bill.


 

Ribbon Cutting celebrates 30 years of service

Posters on Board Observes 30th Anniversary 

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Friends gather for ribbon cutting
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What's a celebration without cake!

Posters on Board, 6237 Penn Avenue South, Richfield, celebrated its 30th anniversary on Thursday, October 23 with a gathering of friends and a ribbon cutting ceremony. Everybody gathered at the store entrance for the big moment. The ribbon cutting was a way to celebrate the past and look forward to the future. The event was held in conjunction with the Richfield Chamber of Commerce.


 


Local non-profits working in our neighborhood

Organizations working close to home!

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During the recent Give to the Max Day, we mentoned a few non-profit missions close to home where you might consider making a donation. Give to the Max Day is now done, but the opportunity to give lives on. The links below will take you directly to online donation pages for the organizations below. Donating to these causes will help strengthen our community.

 

Richfield Foundation - This local foundation is an all-volunteer run organization that grants money to causes that work for successful kids, secure families, and a strong community. To read more, click here

 

Wood Lake Nature Center - Our local Richfield Nature Center has a donation page asking for funds so that children from low income families can attend summer camps. To read more, click here

 

Richfield Band Shell - Supporters seeking to build an outdoor performing arts band shell are seeking funds to enhance the planned community asset. To read more, click here

 

Fraser -  Located in the heart of the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood, Fraser is making a world of difference for youth and adults with special needs. To read more, click here.

 

Assistance League - Another resident of the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood, the Assistance League operates a thrift store to raise funds to feed and cloth children from low income families. To read more, click here.


 

Emily celebrates her 101st birthday on October 20

Wood Lake Nature Center dedicates new pavilion to Emily Day 

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Wood Lake Nature Center dedicated a new pavilion on Sunday, October 19 to Emily Day, who is celebrating her 101st birthday on October 20th. Emily is a long-time Richfield resident who taught for many years in the Richfield School system and was an original member of the Friends of Wood Lake Board. Emily is a dear friend to many people throughout the community. Happy birthday to Emily Day! Photo above shows Emily with Karen Shragg, who serves as director of Wood Lake Nature Center.


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