Pre-leasing underway for new apartments

A new apartment building -- 36 Park -- isn't expected to be opened until March 2013 but has started to sign up residents.

It's described as a luxury apartment building with amenities that include a rooftop terrace with a fire pit and grill, a clubroom featuring a billiards table and a recreation area providing lawn bowling and other outdoor games.

Applications for leases are being taken now at 3529 Raleigh Av. in St. Louis Park. Visitors can view a model kitchen, renderings of various floor plans and common areas. All applicants who sign a lease by Jan. 1 will receive a move-in incentive.

The development is located at 3601 Park Center Blvd. at the intersection of Hwy. 100 and West 36th Street. For more information, go to


Ground broken for Maggie Manor

Several current and former board members of Interfaith Outreach & Community Partners (ICOP) broke ground last week for a six-unit family housing development at IOCP's former facility at 110 Grand Av.

"It takes a whole village to create opportunities like this," LaDonna Hoy, executive director of IOCP, said in a statement. "Maggie Manor represents this village at its best."

Maggie Manor has four three-bedroom units and two two-bedroom units, one of which is handicap accessible.


Goodwill store opens on Saturday

A new Goodwill store will open its doors to the public on Saturday at 80 W. 78th St. in Chanhassen. It began taking donations at that location on Monday.

The mission of Goodwill/Easter Seals Minnesota is to assist people who face barriers to education, employment and independence by providing work opportunities.

Their stores offer on-the-job training and skills while providing clothing, furniture, toys and other goods at discount prices.

Officials said that the two Goodwill stores nearest to the new Chanhassen facility are in Bloomington and Minnetonka.

The public can attend a special pre-opening sale from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday for a $7 admission charge.

For store hours and other information, call 952-934-1354.


Market provides unique way to give

The Alternative Christmas Gift Market in the Plymouth area will be held at Christ Memorial Lutheran Church, 13501 Sunset Trail. The dates and hours are Nov. 10 and 11, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Such gift markets offer a variety of gifts that are tax-deductible and support global humanitarian and environmental causes.

"Shoppers can provide training of health care workers for treatment of childhood cancer in Tanzania or supply clean water for rural communities in Bolivia," said Kathy Weber, who is coordinating the Plymouth event.

Cash or checks will be accepted, but no credit cards. For more information, contact Weber at 763-476-6654.


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