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Continued: West metro cities look to new trends to revitalize downtown

  • Article by: BEN JOHNSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 6, 2013 - 3:47 PM

Wayzata Bay Center

Last year Wayzata launched a major 10-year plan to redesign its lakefront. The plan will include a wide variety of development projects, including senior housing, condos, office space, retail, a hotel and a park. The $125 million first phase is on track to be completed by winter, but the bulk of the work remains.

Over the summer, the city hosted a series of community design workshops to gauge what type of development its citizens are interested in. Dozens, if not hundreds, of ideas came out of those sessions, but certain trends seemed to emerge in a July report to City Council.

Residents often spoke in favor of designing the lakefront in a pedestrian-friendly manner with connections to bike trails and easy access to the lake. Recreational rentals, like paddleboards and kayaks, and the need to offer attractions that will keep the waterfront busy year-round, were also frequently mentioned, as well as a preference for independently owned businesses.

The second phase of the Wayzata Bay Center project is now beginning to come into focus. It includes a large senior housing complex, a “Great Lawn” with 12,000 square feet of green space and a stage near the waterfront, and a two-acre “tree buffer” that has grown around the project.


Ben Johnson • 612-673-4499


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