Get Involved in your community!
Third Thursday Meetings are your chance to get involved in the Penn Central of Richfield area. Come hear what is happening and voice your opinions. As the name suggests, the meetings are held on the Third Thursday of each month. Timing for the meetings alternates from month to month. We meet at 7:30 a.m. at the Hope's Silver Spoon Restaurant on certain months and at 6:15 p.m. at Davanni's at 6345 Penn Avenue South on alternate months. Watch this website for meeting information.
The next step in building a strong, vibrant Penn Central of Richfield Community
After the great success of last weekend's Open Streets at Penn Fest event, it's time to start taking the next steps in charting the future of the neighborhood. The monthly Third Thursday meeting was a chance to keep the momentum going with a lively discussion about Penn Fest and the neighborhood. Third Thursday is a regular meeting where residents, city officials and business owners gather to discuss the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood. The most recent meeting was held this past Thursday, September 20 at Hope's Silver Spoon Restaurant.
Hightlights of the last meeting include:
To get involved in future Third Thursday meetings, mark your calendar for October 18 for 6:15 pm at Davanni's on 64th and Penn. Third Thursday meetings alternate between morning and evening meetings to accommodate different schedules. The November meeting will be a morning meeting, December evening, January morning, and so on. Third Thursday meetings are your chance to have a voice in future Penn Fests and the community.
Events, Renewal and Positive Energy Are Future of Penn Central of Richfield
Exciting Developments Announced at April 19th Third Thursday Meeting
The monthy Third Thursday Meeting held on April 19th was filled with announcements about exciting positive changes headed for the Penn Central of Richfield area.
Highlights of the meeting include:
Overflow Crowd Attends March 15th Third Thursday Meeting
Penn Central of Richfield Third Thursday Meetings reached a milestone on March 15th. It was the 5th anniversary of these grassroots meetings to bring neighbors, business people and city officials together to discuss the future of the area. And the 5th anniversary meeting packed in an overflow crowd.
A number of business people introduced themselves. Rich Huemmer of Uncommon Sports Cards described his business of selling sport cards, sports figurines and autographed memorabilia. Jim Andserson, manager of the new CVS store, said he has 32 years of experience in retail pharmacy operations. He added that he likes to bring old family values of treating customers right to his store. Bill Roase of Ralph's Shoe Service thanked the community for its warm welcome. He likes his new location better than Southdale. Business has been good, and people were even bringing in shoes before the store opened. Don and Lori Swatala were on hand, reporting that their dog day care business is moving ahead. Amy Mohamed of Aida expressed thanks for the warm welcome to the community upon the opening of their new restaurant.
Mike Eastling, Public Works Director for the City of Richfield, talked about the issue of crosswalks. The Penn Central of Richfield group has set enhanced pedestrian comfort and safety as a top goal. Mr. Eastling said the city is looking at the issue of crosswalks throughout the corridor. According to Eastling, the issue is complicated because painted crosswalks can have the effect of creating a sense of safety for walkers while not increasing awareness for drivers. To improve safety, education and enforcement of laws is also required. Eastling promised more study on this issue will be done.
Eastling also talked about the plans for a bigger Penn Fest celebration this year. An application for a grant has been submitted to partner Penn Fest with an Open Streets event, an activity where a portion of the street would be closed to vehicular traffic and people would enjoy various recreational activities on the street. Jim Anderson spoke glowingly about his experience with events where people are encouraged to walk the avenue. He said it is a benefit to businesses.
Gordon Hanson talked about the progress of hosting a business open house event where empty storefronts and office spaces would be open for touring by prospective tenants. Plans are moving forward with a good reception from property owners and business experts. The event will be held on May 19th, with First National Bank of the Lakes hosting as the central meeting location. More details soon.
Tom Rublein is introducing a new activity called P.A.W.S. (Penn Avenue Walkers Society). These regularly scheduled walks will encourage people to get out and walk along the Penn Avenue corridor. More details to come.
Karen Barton of the City of Richfield summarized various development projects throughout Richfield.
Review of February 16 Third Thursday Meeting
Residents and business professionals met at Davanni's at 6345 Penn Avenue to get the latest news about happenings in the Penn Central of Richfield area. State Senator Ken Kelash, District 63, and members of the media were also in attendance, including Richfield Patch, the Richfield Sun Current and 55423.info.
Highlights of the meeting include:
A representative of the do.town campaign spoke about the healthy-living program being implemented in Richfield. Instead of focusing on changing behavior, do.town works to make healthy living an easy choice. It promotes actvities such as walking to school, taking a walk at lunch breaks and making infrastructure renovations that enhance active lifestyles. The program attempts to reach people who live relatively inactive lifestyles.
State Senator Ken Kelash, who represents Richfield as well as a portion of southwest Minneapolis and northern Bloomington, updated the group on the state legislative session. He spoke about initiatives for job growth, retraining and economic development.
The next Third Thursday meeting will be held at Hope's Silver Spoon Restaurant at 6700 Penn Avenue South on March 15th at 7:30 am. It's a great chance get involved in the community at a grassroots level.
Highlights of the January 19 Third Thursday Meeting
The January 19th Third Thursday Meeting was extraordinarily well attended with a mix of business people, residents, city officials and media.
Highlights of the meeting included: