West St. Paul acquires, will close bowling alley

  • Article by: Susan Feyder , Star Tribune
  • Updated: March 15, 2013 - 9:10 PM

After 57 years of business on West St. Paul’s Robert Street, West Side Lanes will be closing down.

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jeddMar. 15, 1312:54 PM

Meanwhile Several blocks away sits the WSP Ice Arena, which is being forced to close because the city would not appropriate any funding to repair and revitalize, which wouldn't of been necessary had the city maintained it in the first place. If the new "WSP Dome" is maintained in this fashion, it should last about twenty years

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littlebootsMar. 15, 13 1:12 PM

West St. Paul got a big puffy dome! Welcome the early 1980's West St Paul!! PS Robert Street is the ugliest street in the metro. It's a strip mall big box retailer nightmare.

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oleprofessorMar. 15, 13 2:40 PM

The hallmark of a DFL administration: Put a business owner out of business, buy the property, fix it up for a campaign contributor. Just monitor this scenario, as it unfolds.

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littlebootsMar. 15, 13 3:03 PM

oleprofessor, The article said they were foreclosed on last year how is that the City of WSP's fault exactly? And who is this "campaign contributor" you reference that is getting the property? I'm guessing WSP will get yet another crappy chain for it's strip mall, big box wasteland. In my opinion Robert St looks worse and more ghetto every single day. Robert St is an atrocious mess and a lot of the cities policies like the "rental ban" are horrifying.

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jackstpMar. 15, 13 6:52 PM

Does Ron Gardenhire still bowl there? Too bad he couldn't help them out

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Bogeyman1Mar. 16, 1311:09 AM

Wow! What a move! The city of West St. Paul sure finds it easy to spend taxpayer dollars. It seems to me that their experience purchasing properties on the north end of Robert Street should have told them that this isn't a good idea. That buy the property, tear it down, and then the land sits unused. If there are so many businesses and nice restaurants vying to locate in West St. Paul, then let them buy the land, demolish the buildings, and build their new building. The city keeps trying to make silk shirts out of a sow's ear, and it isn't going to happen!

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littlebootsMar. 16, 13 9:38 PM

Word up Bogeyman1, you said it! All those empty lots in WSP's North end=URBAN BLIGHT. West St Paul should've been annexed by Saint Paul proper years ago, it is the city of bumbling bureaucracy...

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