May 21, 2012 by Sarah M
// By Drew Kerr //
WHITTIER — Mayor R.T. Rybak, developer Peter Remes and sculptor Zoran Mojsilov led a ceremonial ribbon cutting at a May 18 grand opening and dedication for the Ice House Plaza, a new public gathering space at 26th Street and Nicollet Avenue.
The opening included a performance by The New Standards as well as food and drink from several businesses that have moved into the burgeoning area, including Eat Street Social, Dunn Brothers and Icehouse Restaurant, which is due to open on June 4.
Rybak, whose father once owned a drug store just blocks from the redeveloped site, described the area’s recent transformation as “amazing.”
“This street has had its ups and downs, but its never been this good, it’s never been this cool,” he said.
The 7,000-square-foot plaza was once home to the Metropolitan building, which was torn down in 1961 amid urban renewal efforts. Reclaimed granite from the building was used to make benches and a fountain on the site.
Mojsilov was commissioned to create the centerpiece for the plaza, a sculpture titled “White Angel.”