Type: Medical office

Size: 16,000 square feet

Developer: Davis Group

Architect: BDH + Young

Details: A prolific developer of suburban Twin Cities medical office buildings is seeking the go-ahead for its next project, this one in Wayzata.

According to plans submitted to city planners, developer Mark Davis of the Minneapolis-based Davis Group aims to raze a 31-year-old medical office building at 1120 E. Wayzata Blvd. and replace it with the new Wayzata Specialty Center. The new building would be 16,000 square feet and capable of housing up to four tenants.

The Davis Group has been quite active in the suburban market in recent months. In August it partnered with United Properties to buy a prime site along Interstate 394 in St. Louis Park for a possible medical office. Earlier this year, it purchased a vacant clinic in Plymouth and is working to expand and rehabilitate it.

The Wayzata site is owned by Craig Alshouse of the Craig Company, who also owns the next-door multitenant retail building anchored by a BMO Harris bank branch.

The existing building is separated from the street by a parking lot. But the plans drawn up by BDH + Young Architects put the new facility right up to the sidewalk, in part to promote pedestrian access. The plans include a canopy element running across the new building's east facade directing foot traffic to the main entrance, which has been moved to the back along with the parking lot.

The exterior building materials include a mix of brick, stone, glass and architectural metals.

Don Jacobson is a freelance writer in St. Paul. He can be contacted at hotproperty.startribune@gmail.com.