PRESS RELEASE: Stahl Completes Construction for Phase One of Wayzata’s ‘Panoway on Wayzata Bay’
Minneapolis, MN; October 29, 2020 – Stahl completed the first phase of Panoway on Wayzata Bay, a public/private initiative focused on enhancing and preserving the City of Wayzata’s downtown lakefront.
The first phase included the reconstruction of Lake Street from Barry Avenue to Broadway Avenue to update infrastructure and incorporate more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly features. Enhancements also included replacing the surface lot with a new Plaza Park on the shore of Lake Minnetonka and an extension of Three Rivers Park District’s Dakota Rail Regional Trail into downtown Wayzata.
“This transformational project required an unprecedented amount of community engagement by a broad team led by the City and Stahl,” said Jeffrey Dahl, Wayzata City Manager. “Communication varied all the way from weekly city-wide progress updates to daily one-on-one conversations with local shop keepers. That level of engagement was needed in order to get through difficult circumstances due to construction and the pandemic. Despite challenging circumstances, this Panoway Phase I was completed on time and on budget. But, most importantly, it has created a new community space on Wayzata’s gem, Lake Minnetonka.”
As Stahl puts finishing touches on waterfront plaza amenities, visitors to the area are already enjoying the space. “On nice days there are people using the new area all day,” said Judd Frost, Judd Frost Clothiers. “It’s been busy since the day it opened, and people seem to enjoy visiting at the tables and watching the sunset over the lake. The giant Adirondack chair is also a big hit!”
The project allows for improved pedestrian traffic by having narrowed Lake Street from three lanes to two lanes. The sidewalk on the north side of Lake Street was also widened to allow restaurants additional space for outdoor seating. One of the goals of the project was to not only restore the lakefront through pedestrian and roadway improvements, but to host community events and serve as the City’s front porch to Lake Minnetonka.
“This is the most ambitious and complex project the City of Wayzata has ever undertaken,” said Ken Willcox, Mayor of Wayzata. “Lake Minnetonka is Wayzata’s most important asset. This new lake front will allow future generations to experience it in an unhurried way and in all its restored grandeur.”
Throughout construction, Stahl worked with the local Lake Street business owners to ensure construction activities would not hinder everyday operations. Together, business owners and Stahl navigated the unforeseen circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The City had big aspirations for this project, which has been in the works for almost a decade,” said Jessie Houlihan, President of Stahl. “We were working outside business owner’s front doors on the main street of an active City, which required deep collaboration and communication. I want to thank everyone engaged in this endeavor for their partnership and patience as we created something truly exceptional. We are proud to have made this community’s dreams a physical asset that will be enjoyed for decades to come.”
Lake Street and the Plaza Park were open to the public as planned on September 11th. Completion of restroom building façade and installation of catenary lighting will be completed by the end of the year, and a 9/11 memorial will be installed at one end of the plaza next year. Pending state and private funding approvals, the City of Wayzata hopes to continue with phase two of Panoway on Wayzata Bay in 2021.
To celebrate the completion of phase one, the Wayzata Conservancy brought together residents, community and business leaders, and donors for a virtual ribbon cutting! Watch the video here. Visit panoway.org to stay updated on future Panoway projects.
Stahl completed the first phase of Panoway on Wayzata Bay, a public/private initiative focused on enhancing and preserving the City of Wayzata’s downtown lakefront for generations to come, as seen above from a drone image captured in early October. (Photo Credit: Curbmasters)
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