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The Lake Minnetonka com-munity gets a wake-up call.
As someone who shops in Wayzata regularly, I find these proposed changes worrisome. A hotel is particularly concerning. How will the current pleasant character and history of Wayzata be preserved and protected? Will it become a very large old folks home?
What I wouldn't want to see is another Maple Grove, with all of its chain restaurants & retailers. It looks like just about any other suburban strip-mall quarter. Wayzata needs to keep & attract locally-owned businesses-that's what helps make it so special!
who remembers harts cafe on the lake great view of the lake. and a pretty good breakfast to boot.
Agree with the above comments. Wayzata and Excelsior for that matter are jewels b/c they remain for the most part non-commercialized. The days of a small village or small town feel with locally owned business owners close to the big city are hard to find in the midwest. I believe locals want to keep it that way.
Locally-owned businesses would be ideal for any community, but keeping out the national chains would be illegal. The focus should be on requiring the things that make Wayzata's downtown core attractive to begin with. Control the traffic (vehicular, bikes and pedestrian), create requirements for desired architectural materials, scale and character. Deal creatively with parking issues as well as the rail that separates the village from the lake shore on which it was founded. Figure out what things make Wayzata desirable and focus on those. Figure out what Wayzata is missing and how to gain them and that will lead to a successful and lasting downtown core that residents can be proud to call their community. This will not be a short process, nor should it be. These are hard issues to grapple with. And consensus is tough to build.
I cannot begin to tell you how happy I am about the upcoming changes.
Growing up on the lake was and still is such a big part of my life. Wayzata will always be home to me and for now I will continue to be a patron of the businesses now and in the future.
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