Holdridge Road: Water and Street
In the 1960s, the City of Wayzata proposed to install sewer and water in the Holdridge area. At the time, the neighborhood petitioned to have the water portion of the project removed and only sewer was installed. No formal, engineered street was constructed. In 1984 and 1995, the topic arose again to construct streets and possibly install water. The project failed due to lack of majority support from the neighborhood.
In 2011, the Wayzata City Council renewed discussion of the project, with the additional consideration of additional funding contributions from the city. On Nov. 1, 2011, the City Council ordered the preparation of a Feasibility Report for the project. The report was presented and accepted on Nov. 15, 2011. City staff held two informational meetings for the neighborhood residents on Nov. 16, 2011. On Dec. 20, 2011, the City Council ordered the preparation of plans and specifications for the Holdridge Area Improvement project.
The Holdridge area is comprised of the following streets: Wayzata Boulevard East (from Bushaway Road to the Wayzata/Minnetonka municipal boundary), Holdridge Road West, Holdridge Circle, Holdridge Lane, Crosby Road, Holdridge Road East, Hill Road and Holdridge Terrace.
In 2012, the City hired Foth Infrastructure and Environment, LLC to prepare the plans and specifications for the project. The project is comprised of the installation of a new water distribution system and the reconstruction of the area streets. Streets in the neighborhood will be constructed at an 18-20 foot variable width. Additionally, drainage improvements will be made in several areas of the neighborhood.
The City opened bids for the project on May 30, 2012 and the project was awarded to the low bidder, C.S. McCrossan on July 3, 2012.
The contractor, C.S. McCrossan has proposed to begin work, on July 23, 2012, with installation of the watermain on the Frontage Road. This will require two separate closures of the Frontage Road, at separate times. A memo from the contractor can be found attached to this post describing the local access which will be provided.
Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment
The Wayzata Bay Center Redevelopment project is located on a 14.52 acre property, known locally as the Wayzata Bay Shopping Center. The property is located on the eastern edge of downtown, bounded by Lake Street, Superior Boulevard and Circle A Drive.
The project was approved by the City Council in June of 2008 and will re-develop the shopping center and other pad commercial development on the site to create a new mixed use development.
The project proposes 130,000 square feet (SF) of retail use, 325 senior housing units (memory care, assisted living, and independent living units), 85 conventional housing units (condominium homes or rental apartments), 25,000 – 30,000 square feet of office, and an 80-100 room limited service hotel.
Parking will be accommodated both on street and in parking decks to meet required parking demands. Additional public improvements include a realigned Superior Blvd., innovative stormwater system design, and a one acre public plaza.
The construction of the Wayzata Bay Center redevelopment project is underway. The construction team is currently working on site preparation for construction of the first two of the five blocks of the project.
Wayzata Boulevard Project
The Wayzata Engineering Department has been working with WSB & Associates to develop plans for the reconstruction of Wayzata Boulevard.
The project will extend from Central Avenue west to Hwy. 12.
The project proposes to resurface the existing pavement, construct sidewalk that does not currently exist in some locations, narrow the existing street width to increase boulevards and provide for traffic calming, and install landscaped medians. Landscaped medians will be placed between Minnetonka Avenue and Glenbrook Road.
No assessments are proposed as part of this project. The entire cost will be paid for out of existing city funds.
The city has hired Midwest Asphalt Corporation. Construction is scheduled to begin at May 14, 2012 with a completion date of October 12, 2012.
Lake Street Sidewalk Project
This project includes the replacement of sidewalk along the north side of Lake Street, between Ferndale Road and Walker Avenue, and along the south side between Ferndale and Barry Avenue.
The modified design will replace existing brick banding with concrete banding, which will reduce historic tripping hazards.
The new design will match sidewalk that was placed in 2010 between Broadway Avenue and Superior Blvd.
The City of Wayzata has hired Create Construction, LLC to perform this year's work.
The project is proposed to begin the week of May 21, 2012. Work will commence on the south side of Lake Street, at Ferndale and progress eastward to Barry Avenue. Then, the contractor will move to the north side of the street, at Walker Avenue, and proceed west to Ferndale.