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Richfield Gateway Monument Takes A Step Forward

 

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Richfield Gateway Monument as it looks today
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Gateway monument in an earlier stage of construction

The new Richfield Gateway Monument has taken a step forward since the last time we shared a photo. It is not yet complete, but is looking great so far. A "Penn Central of Richfield" branding badge will be added to the monument. Next spring there are plans for adding lighting. 

 

In addition to this monument at Penn and 62nd, gateway monuments have also been installed at the northern Richfield/Minneapolis border at Lyndale, Nicollet and Portland Avenues. Monuments have been built for both Richfield and Minneapolis to welcome people to each respective city. Funds for these monuments came from the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) as part of the Crosstown Commons reconstruction project.

 

These monuments are a great addition to the community. They welcome visitors to our city and let everyone know they have entered Richfield. We really dislike when people are in Richfield and think they are in Minneapolis, Bloomington or Edina. No offense to any of our neighbors, all of which are great communities. We just want people to be in a "Richfield state of mind" when they are in Richfield. It would be great to secure funding for gateway monuments at the southern border, too. Too often, we have heard people refer to "the Best Buy building in Bloomington." 

 

We look forward to seeing the monuments fully completed. 


 

A neighborhood tradition
Brad's Christmas Tree Lot brings holiday cheer to the community

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Brad's Christmas tree lot is a sign of the holiday season in the Penn Central of Richfield neighborhood. The warm glow of lights takes the chill out of the air. Neatly stacked Christmas trees wait for their holiday homes. Festive wreaths adorned with bright red ribbons add cheer and merriment. A Christmas tree lot is a special place where memories are made and traditions are celebrated.

 

When you visit Brad's Christmas tree lot in the northwest corner of the Lunds lot on Penn Avenue, you are part of a long neighborhood tradition in Richfield. Owner Brad Thompson says he has been selling Christmas trees in the Penn and 66th area of Richfield for about 35 years. During that long tenure, he has moved around, but always stayed loyal to the neighborhood. Prior to working out of the Lunds lot, he set up along 66th Street, just west of where CVS now stands. He also recalls selling trees in both the Car-X and CarHop locations before those businesses were in operation.

 

According to Brad, setting up the tree lot was once delayed when he operated out of the building where CarHop now does business. It was in 1987 when the Twins won the World Series for the first time. The building, which was an old Arby's restaurant, had been vacant. But with the success of the Twins, temporary souvenir stands were popping up all over town, including at this site. He couldn't set up until the souvenir business vacated. He was happy to wait, however. Being avid Twins fans, Brad and his wife were part of the huge crowd that packed the Metrodome to welcome the team back to town after defeating Detroit in the first round of the playoffs. 

 

When asked which type of tree is most popular, Brad says that the Fraser Fir is still king. People like the fir for its attractive yet soft needles.

 

In addition to quality trees, Brad's Christmas tree lot prides itself on top notch service. They will help you get the tree into your vehicle or tied to the rooftop. If transporting a tree is not possible for a customer, Brad's does offer a delivery service.

 

When not selling Christmas trees, Brad also runs a landscaping service to keep himself occupied during warmer months.  

 

Check out these links:

Brad's Landscaping - Home page 

 

Brad's Landscaping - Christmas Tree Lot Page

 

Brad's Christmas Tree Lot Facebook Page 


 


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.


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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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.


 

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.


 

 


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