St. Cloud’s 5th Avenue: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow [PART 5]
ST. CLOUD - We wrap-up our week-long look at "St. Cloud's 5th Avenue: the past, present, and future" by crossing Highway 23/Division street and looking at the street south of the highway.
Stearns History Museum Head Archivist Steve Penick says the oldest Ford dealership in the world "Tenvoorde Ford" has a long history in the building that's now home to Chipotle. Tenvoorde Ford moved to their current location in 1978. Since then, the building has been home to various businesses such as Campus Book Supply, Kinkos, and now Chipotle and Noodles and Company.
The big Coborn's Apartments building stretches along one whole block of 5th Avenue now, prior to it's construction there was a Coborn's grocery store and liquor store on that block. Coborn's opened there in October of 1963. It closed in 2007. The 5th Avenue building was originally a brick street car barn that Northern States Power had been using. The 5th Avenue Liquor store was the very first Coborn's Liquor, opening in 1970.
There are big plans for the future of 5th Avenue along this stretch of the road. St. Cloud Planning Director Matt Glaesman says plans for the $19 million office and retail building continue to move forward.
From new construction like the River's Edge Convention Center, to the parking ramp and the office building, to the old historic buildings, St. Cloud's 5th Avenue continues to evolve. But one constant is that it remains an important hub of economic activity in the core of St. Cloud.
Monday: the block from 1st Street North to St. Germain Street
Tuesday: the west side of the block from St. Germain Street to 1st Street South
Wednesday: the east side of the block from 1st Street South to St. Germain Street
Thursday: the block from 1st Street South to Division Street
Friday: the block from Division Street to Ramsey Place
(WJON Video Reporter Alex Svejkovsky contributed to this story)