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Wayzata is a premier suburb located 11 miles west of downtown Minneapolis. With a population of 4,500 people, Wayzata is a tight-knit community which is known for its vibrant downtown and picturesque setting on Lake Minnetonka. A popular destination for visitors, Wayzata’s downtown is home to a number of specialty shops, boutiques, professional services, and restaurants.

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Powerfully Pedestrian Environment Highlights Wayzata Bay Center Plans

The Star Trib is reporting on the Wayzata Bay Center development today. According to the article, Presbyterian Homes & Services submitted a detailed 40 page document outlining the $160 million proposal for the 14.5 acre site on the Bay Center site which currently houses the Muni, Goodyear, The Foursome, Kraemer's True Value Hardware, Bob's Shoe Repair, The Original Pancake House, etc.

Highlights of the project include:

  • Hotel
  • Plaza
  • Sidewalks
  • Streets
  • 5 blocks each wrapped with parking, sidewalks and trees
  • 255 units of senior housing
  • 130,000 square feet of retail space
  • 27,500 square feet of office space
  • 155 units apartments/condos
  • aggressive storm water management system

The biggest objection to the project in conversations with concerned residents and council members and searching the net is whether to allow the plan to proceed because of it's disregard for a height limit that is imposed by the City of Wayzata. Wayzata currently has a height moratorium in place which prohibits buildings of over 3 stories from being built. The initial plans from Presbyterian Homes called for 5 stories, and the most recent proposal calls for 4 stories as part of the design on one of the buildings.

The Wayzata City Council has a number of meetings scheduled regarding the Wayzata Bay Center. A request for the schedule was not immediately returned.

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