Fridley Planning Commission will take up redevelopment plans at its March 20, 2013 meeting.
East River Road
Monday, March 18, 2013
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Bernard Born posted a YouTube showing a gouged sidewalk on East River Road: "The guy got a little deep on his plowing I guess and came up on the sidewalk ... sure did some damage to the concrete."
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Fridley resident chased defendant from East River Road home to railroad tracks, according to criminal complaint.
A Northeast Minneapolis man took tools from the attached garage at home on East River Road in Fridley Sunday, according to a criminal complaint. The homeowner chased the defendant, who was carrying two plastic totes "full of tools," the complaint says. The homeowner tackled the defendant twice, prosecutors allege: first in the backyard, then by the railroad tracks that run nearby—where the defendant threatened to stab him but also begged to be freed for the holidays and the sake of the defendant's kids. That's where they were when police arrived, according to the complaint, and while they handcuffed him, the defendant, Jeffrey Louis Conley, 26, told police: "You got the wrong guy. ... "I'm out of work and need money." Conley faces one …
Thursday, October 11, 2012
Nathanial Joseph Shellito, 18, of Arden Hills, burst into the home to 'get a lot of pills,' prosecutors said.
The criminal complaint in the home invasion on East River Road early Wednesday alleges that the 18-year-old defendant told police he was there to get "a lot of pills." Nathanial Joseph Shellito, armed with a knife, said he expected two others who were with him to join him in the attack, according to the document; instead, they fled. (A multi-agency search, reportedly involving a helicopter and the stoppage of freight trains on nearby tracks, wasn't successful in finding the other suspects.) Shellito told police the three were from two different gangs that were working together to make money. He didn't know the victim he cut and bruised in the face, he said. Click on the PDF thumbnail to read the statement of probable cause by Detective Zak…
Monday, June 11, 2012
Markets could be held inside or privately, and residents could sell garden products in front yards.
The Fridley City Council will vote Monday on changing the zoning code to allow for farmers markets in Fridley. In response to questions at the council's May 7 meeting, city staff has proposed removing the word "outdoors" from the proposed definition of a farmer's market so markets could also happen indoors. Fridley residents would be able to sell produce from their gardens from their front yards or driveways, according to a June 7 staff memo included in the full agenda for Monday's regular council meeting (see PDF, page 86). The staff memo also said that Medtronic has inquired about whether the company would need a new farmers market permit to hold a private, employees-only market on company property. The answer, according to the memo, is …
Monday, May 7, 2012
Southbound drivers have one lane between 63-1/2 Way and I-694.
Drivers heading southbound on East River Road in Fridley will begin encountering stretches where the road is reduced to one lane Monday. Get used to it—the lane reductions are part of a Centerpoint Energy project that will last through the summer. The first stretch affected is the segment just north of I-694. According to Anoka County: CenterPoint Energy will be replacing a pipeline along East River Road between 63 1/2 Way and 42nd Avenue. Beginning Monday, May 7, the outside southbound lane of East River Road will be closed. Work in this area will be done in two phases: Phase I work will be done between 63 1/2 Way and I-694; Phase II work will be done between the north ramps of I-694 and 42nd Avenue. This project is anticipated to last …
Sunday, May 6, 2012
Centerpoint Energy's project on E. River Rd. starts Monday.
Not much happens most of the time at the old Columbia Arena on University Avenue NE, but when there is activity there, people notice. A couple people contacted Fridley Patch via our Facebook page and our news tips feature about what's going on at the arena, where trucks and other equipment has appeared recently. Here is how City of Fridley Community Development Director Scott Hickok explained the situation via email: Currently CenterPoint Energy is using the parking area of the former arena for staging their pipe and equipment for a project along East River Road. They anticipate they will use the lot for about 6 months. As for the Senior Residential Development on that site, the owner/developer has been meeting with staff and providing …
Thursday, May 3, 2012
Centerpoint Energy will replace cottonwoods with maples, prairie grass.
Drivers who use East River Road will experience some interruptions in smooth-sailing traffic as Centerpoint Energy starts a project along the road next week—but nothing like what these trees just south of I-694 at Riverfront Park experienced Thursday. A relocated and bigger gas pipe is permitted to go where about a dozen cottonwoods stand, according to a Centerpoint spokeswoman. The utility company will replace them with maples nearby at Anoka County Park's request, she said, and also restore prairie grass in the park area. Centerpoint starts work on its project along East River Road on Monday.
Friday, April 13, 2012
Each Friday the 13th (three this year) they pack 'em in.
Customers crowded into Creative Images in Fridley on Friday for a Friday the 13th sale, when tattoos were only $13. It's a deal Creative Images offers every Friday the 13th, said D.J. Binczik from behind the counter as she greeted new arrivals. Customer No. 45 arrived at 5 p.m. Friday for a sale that started from noon to 10 p.m. On an average day, Binczik said, a tattoo artist there might have two to three appointments or seven or eight walk-ins. A Regular Marc Mihelich's $13 tattoo was a pair of dice on his heavily decorated left arm. The Fridley resident has a spade with the number 13 from the last Friday the 13th, in January. (There's another coming in July.) Mihelich said he comes in "whenever I get the itch or have a couple extra …
Monday, March 26, 2012
Fridley City Council also set to act on redistricting, safe school routes at March 26 meeting.
The Fridley City Council is set to approve a long-term plan for East River Road and set the city's political boundaries for the next decade at its meeting Monday, March 26, 7:30 p.m., at Fridley City Hall. Also on the agenda are plans for a paved path connecting Rice Creek and Unity Hospital, as well as improvements for pedestrians around Fridley Middle School and Stevenson and Hayes elementary schools. The council holds a pre-meeting beginning at 7 p.m., also open to the public. The regular meeting is shown live on cable channel 17 and again throughout the week. You can also watch archived video online. Here is Monday's agenda. See the PDF above for more details. FRIDLEY CITY COUNCIL MEETING OF MARCH 26, 2012 PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE. …