The total remodel of Fireside Pizza has begun. When it reopens in June, this local Richfield landmark will have a complete new look and feel -- inside and out.
According to an article that appeared in the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal, Fireside Pizza will have a Roaring '20s theme when it reopens. The restaurant will also have a new outdoor patio, an expanded menu and a full bar selection.
Penn Central of Richfield would like to thank owner Rich Thompson for reinvesting in his restaurant and the local community. We appreciate renewal in our neighborhood.
Watch this website for further developments. We'll share news of the reopening of the restaurant as it nears.
City of Richfield seeking opinions
What would you rename 77th Street in Richfield?
The Richfield City Council has been studying the idea of renaming 77th Street in Richfield, and the City is currently seeking public input at its Richfield Connect site. (Note: You need to register at the site to see the survey question and to participate.) The idea is to give this major roadway in Richfield a greater sense of identity connected to the community.
The survey lets you select one of four options or provide your own "fill-in-the-blank" idea. The four listed options include Chuck Lindberg Boulevard (named after the late Richfield resident who was one of the original flag raisers at Iwo Jima), Martin O. Sabo Boulevard (named after the long-serving former congressman), Wold Chamberlain Boulevard (a name in reference to what the airport was once called) and Skyway Boulevard (referencing proximity to MSP).
Residents are encouraged to weigh in by voting on the Richfield Connect site now. To access the site, click here. (Remember you will need to register on the site to see the survey and participate.)
Whatever your opinion, we encourage you to participate. But we'd also like to offer this suggestion as a possible name: Emily Day Drive. To add this suggestion, you will need to select "Other" in the survey and fill in "Emily Day Drive" in the suggestion box.
Emily Day was a Richfield school teacher who taught hundreds of students over her long career. Emily passed away at the age of 101 on January 13, 2015. After retiring, she continued to give back to the Richfield community as a volunteer at the schools, Wood Lake Nature Center and many civic organizations. At a memorial service for Emily, the principal of Centennial Elemenary in Richfield spoke about how Emily was still volunteering as a reader to the students into her 90s. In the last years of Emily's volunteerism at the school, she was getting less stable on her feet, but she was determined to make a difference in the lives of youth. According to the eulogy, students felt an honor in helping Emily walk to the classrooms. Emily touched many lives in Richfield for decades.
To learn more about the incredible life Emily Day lived, click here.
If you agree, consider expressing your support for renaming 77th Street in Richfield to Emily Day Drive by voting here.
New store on the avenue
"Something for Everyone" offers exactly that!
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.
Local non-profits working in our neighborhood
Organizations working close to home!
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.
A Proud Community Booster
Organic Lawns by Lunseth supports Wood lake Nature Center benefit
Organic Lawns by Lunseth, a lawn services company that calls the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood home, has stepped forward as a sponsor of the Wood Lake Nature Center benefit dinner being held on Friday, April 24. Support by local businesses helps keep our community strong.
Lunseth Lawn Care provides a variety of lawn and landscaping services for both commercial and residential accounts. The residential division offers 100% organic fertilizing and integrated pest management services, both of which have a more positive impact on the environment. This fact is one reason Organic Lawns by Lunseth is a good sponsorship partner for Wood Lake Nature Center.
If you're considering a lawn care service, you can receive outstanding service and keep your business local by contacting Organic Lawns by Lunseth by clicking here.
Thanks to a Community Partner
Penn Cycle donates bike for Wood Lake Nature Center benefit dinner
Penn Cycle is in the "Good Deeds for the Community Spotlight" today. Our local Penn Central of Richfield bike dealer donated a bike to help raise funds to benefit Wood Lake Nature Center. The bike is part of a drawing with all ticket sales going to help Wood Lake. Tickets are available for $1 apiece at Wood Lake, 6710 Lakeshore Drive, Richfield. The drawing for the bike will be held at the Wood Lake Nature Center benefit dinner on Friday, April 24. (Need not be present at the dinner to win the bike.) For more information about the dinner or to reserve tickets, visit www.woodlakenaturecenter.org or call Wood Lake at 612-861-9365.
Friends of Wood Lake Nature Center board members Herb and Darlene Perry worked with Pat Sorenson, owner of Penn Cycle, for the donation of the bicycle. Thanks to all involved for being great community members.
Funding source secured
New pedestrian-level lights planned for Penn Avenue
A special neighborhood meeting was held on Tuesday, February 10 to reveal plans for the installation of pedestrian-level lighting along the commercial district of Penn Avenue in Richfield. Karen Barton of the City of Richfield Community Development Department presented the plans along with Craig Churchward of Avenue Design Partners, a consulting firm with expertise in landscape architecture and transportation design. Plans are moving forward to install new lighting that offers a more aesthetically pleasing appearance with a shepard's hook design.
Ms. Barton reports that the City has applied for Federal funds to move ahead with this project. Funds in the amounts of $60,000 for purchasing lights and benches and $60,000 for installation will allow this project to proceed this spring or summer. This project will serve as a visible sign that improvements and investments to the streetscape of Penn Avenue are taking place. For a number of years, our Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood association has advocated the installation of lighting that offers a more ornamental appearance. The addition of benches makes the area more pedestrian friendly, another positive enhancement toward the revitalization of the neighborhood.
In looking to the future of Penn Avenue, Mr. Churchward mentioned creating a "vacation experience" design. He asked those attending the meeting to recall an interesting place they have visited while on vacation. The idea would be to capture some of those elements and design them into the local neighborhood. In designing a fun and vibrant environment, you create a place that becomes a destination that draws people.
The lighting and benches are just the beginning of improvements that will happen along Penn Avenue in coming years. Plans are for Penn Avenue, which is a county road, to be redeveloped by Hennepin County at some future date. When that happens, it will allow for a redesign of the road itself as well as sidewalks and bike paths. The exact timing for a rebuild of Penn Avenue by the County is undetermined, but attendees at the meeting expressed a wish for the County to make Penn Avenue a higher priority.
Plans are to install lighting with this Shepard's Hook design, along Penn Avenue.
Light poles would include mounting hardware for banners.
While the poles wouldn't initially have flower baskets, they could be equipped to be "irrigation ready" to allow for flowers at a future date. This irrigation system would allow for daily watering during hot summer days.
Photos and the PDF accompanying this article have been provided by Avenue Design Partners.
66th Street decision reconsidered
Council Member Pat Elliott asks to rescind 66th Street Concept 4B
First Ward City Council Member Pat Elliott asked for an amended City Council agenda on Tuesday, January 13 for the consideration to rescind Concept 4B for the reconstruction of 66th Street between 35W and Penn Avenue. Concept 4B is the plan approved at the December 9, 2014 City Council meeting that will result in the buyout and removal of 18 homes on the south side of the street.
Since that December 9th meeting, the City Council has a new member with Michael Howard replacing Sue Sandahl. So the balance of the decision rested on the new City Council Member. Howard voted in favor of amending the agenda to allow the discussion, but voted to affirm Concept 4B. So the decision from the December 9th meeting stands.
Debate over the issue was intense. Council Member Garcia called the move "disrespectful" and Council Member Fitzhenry said it set a bad precedent and criticized the sudden nature of the action, without advance notice to the public. Elliott said he meant no disrespect and called into question criticisms of his motives. Elliott said responses at open houses ran 2 to 1 against taking of homes for Concept 4B.
The end result, of course, was no change to the 66th Street reconstruction plans.
Parking lot provision
City Council Amends Penn Avenue Overlay District
At its December 9th meeting, the Richfield City Council amended the Penn Avenue Overlay District with a provision allowing municipal parking lots. The amendment passed with a 5-0 vote.
This amendment, while not impacting the neighborhood in the near term, addresses an important issue in the neighborhood. Currently the Penn Central of Richfield commercial district is characterized by having many small parking lots dedicated to specific businesses. Some businesses have no parking at all. This situation limits the neighborhood as a pedestrian friendly area where a person could park once and walk to several stores. A municipal lot could help correct this issue.
It should be noted that there are currently no plans to add a municipal parking lot. But the amendment open the possibility and encourages discussion of adding such a lot in the future.
homes to be acquired
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Banners marking the identity of the Penn Central neighborhood were installed in September.