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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.

Saturday, April 04, 2020

City Council Workshop Features Plan To Help Lake Street Businesses Amid Construction, COVID-19

The Wayzata City Council will host a workshop and city council meeting Tuesday, April 7 via video conference. The workshop is scheduled to start at 5:45 p.m.


The video conference method is a precaution due to the concern about the spread of COVID-19.

Members of the public may submit comments or questions about items on the agenda in advance by various means:
Call – City staff at (952) 404-5300
Mail – Wayzata City Hall 600 Rice Street East, Wayzata, MN 55391 (Attn: Public Comments)

The meeting is available for members of the public to listen via phone by calling 312­.626.­6799 and enter Zoom Meeting ID 267 452 146.

                    WayzataRealEstate.com

One of the workshop agenda items is the discussion of how the mitigation plan for Panoway Project Phase I will play out. You can review the workshop agenda here beginning on page 9.

On March 30, Lake Street construction began for Phase I of the Panoway Project.


The current Capital Improvement Plan (CIP) includes $200,000 for business impact mitigation tactics.

City staff met with business owners to discuss specific tactics including “open for business” signage as well as complimentary valet services for the downtown area.

But considering the COVID-19 outbreak, the city is looking at different ways to allocate the funds.
Executive orders from the governor, have greatly impacted how local businesses operate and have created a very quiet Lake Street.

The city is now looking at waiving or reducing liquor licenses, health licenses, and sidewalk café permit fees.

As the city runs a cost analysis and gathers more input from businesses, it is looking at two distinct groups of businesses – those whose front door is directly on the street closure and those whose front door is within a certain proximity of the street construction.

Due to the virus pandemic, the city cancelled a Lake Street construction groundbreaking event and is considering using those funds for a “Back in Business” community event once businesses fully open their doors again.

During the workshop, the city council will also be addressing business owner Stacy Carisch's proposal to construct heated sidewalks in the public right-of-way along the 600 block of Lake Street East.
Carisch owns the Marquee Building.

Carisch is proposing the city pay half of the approximated $415,000 project.

You can review the heated sidewalk workshop agenda here beginning on page 2.




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