Tonight was the D12 Land Use Committee meeting and Tom Frattalone from Frattalone's Hardware stores announced his intention to buy the Post Office building on Como Ave and turn it into their latest retail spot. It's very exciting to think about a hardware store returning to North St.AP and barring extreme site contamination, there could be a new store there by next spring.

The PO's lease expires at the end of November and unless we can find another spot for it, we will need to rely on the one at the U of M Student Union or the Raymond Station site that just renewed their lease for another 5 years. It's hard to know how serious the PO is about relocating, but it's worth a try, so I will be working with other interested parties to see if there is another suitable location.

The good news is that a new hardware store will be great for our neighborhood and that Frattalone's is a St. Paul family business that is widely known and respected. Tom said that his family is very excited and strongly believes in the business potential of the site.

Other news at Land Use included an ADU update on a public meeting on March 16 for neighbors to weigh in on what questions they would like the ADU Task Force to answer. Look for more info on that coming up.

Finally, Aeon, the development company that bought the Pirtik building on University & Vandalia gave a general presentation about beginning their process of in-house and community consultation on just what kind of apts they plan to build on the site. Sounds like they would tear down the existing building and put small retail on the ground floor.

Urban BoatBuilders Charter School is inviting the public to the grand opening of their new location in the CEZ this Sunday, Feb. 8 from 1-4pm at 2288 University Ave., just a little south and east of the Raymond Ave Station. There will be a short program at 2:30pm - desserts and beverages will be served. This is a unique and very successful program. Come find out more and get to know our newest neighbors.

Transition Towns has a great new website that will tell you everything you need to know about this community led effort to reduce our carbon footprint. The web remodel was paid for from the grant award TT won in the St.AP Foundation's 15th anniversary competition. The website also has more about their upcoming visioning meeting next Wednesday, Feb. 11, 6:30-9pm at Luther Sem's Northwestern Hall at 1501 Fulham. This will be a great opportunity to talk about how we can make St. Anthony Park a leader in sustainability. Ideas welcome!

iPads are coming to St. Anthony Park Elementary school students. There will be family orientations on Tuesday, Feb. 17.

National African American Parent Involvement Day is coming up Feb. 9 and Murray invites all parents to attend from 7:30-11:30am, visit their students' classrooms and tour the school. St. Paul NAACP President, Jeff Martin will be the guest speaker.

Eighth grade students may shadow a current student on Mondays or Tuesdays in February. Contact Sandy Kestner to schedule your shadowing day. 651-744-3997 or Spaces are limited and are filling up fast so sign up soon! Como Showcase coming up on Feb. 10th from 6 to 8 pm.
 Families and prospective students are invited to come visit Como teachers and students.

Congrats to our City Councilman, Russ Stark who was appointed City Council President to replace Kathy Lantry who has accepted the role of Public Works czar.

Our fellow neighbors will host the annual SAP Progressive Dinner on March 7.  Come meet your neighbors, enjoy a special meal, and have great conversations. You may come alone or with a friend, but you must register to confirm your participation before February 25...How would you like to design a hole for a miniature golf course? Can Can Wonderland is looking for artists to do just that for their proposed new course in the old American Can building on Prior just north of Menards. Contact Christi for more info...more coyote sightings, I saw one drinking a double mocha latte at Lori's, I think. Hard to tell as it was wearing shades. 

That's all for now. Take care of yourself and be a good neighbor.