Wayzata, MN – Feb. 28, 2020 – The Wayzata City Council voted yesterday to partner with six contractors to provide construction services for the first phase of Panoway on Wayzata Bay, a public/private initiative to restore, protect and enhance the city’s downtown lakefront. The first phase of the project includes the reconstruction of Lake Street from Barry Avenue to Broadway Avenue to incorporate more pedestrian and bicycle-friendly features; the replacement of the existing surface lot with a plaza park near Lake Street and Broadway Avenue; and the extension of the Dakota Rail Regional Trail safely across Ferndale Road to Broadway Avenue. The project, which is estimated to cost $9.1 million, is slated to begin mid-April and is expected to be completed in early September.
“Between improved market realities and the support of our partner, Stahl Construction, we were pleased to see bids come in much closer to our original budget,” said Ken Willcox, mayor of Wayzata. “We’re eager to move forward with this valuable investment in our lakefront, which we know will build upon its treasured heritage and create a unique and welcoming experience for residents and visitors to enjoy for years to come.”
Stahl was hired in fall 2019 to advise during the most recent round of bidding and provide project management services throughout construction, which has resulted in nearly $2 million in cost savings. They will oversee the work of the following selected contractors:
- Kelleher Construction Inc. – cast-in-place concrete ($282,473)
- Hollenback & Nelson Inc. – architectural precast and masonry ($383,500)
- Metro Manufacturing – metals ($236,917)
- New Look Contracting Inc. – earthwork and utilities ($2,839,000)
- Curb Masters – site concrete ($2,165,875.70)
- Greenscape Companies, Inc. – landscaping and irrigation ($529,600)
Electrical and asphalt paving scopes of work will be rebid.
“We look forward to beginning the construction of Panoway and feel inspired by the enthusiasm shared by the public,” said Andrew Mullin, board chair of the Wayzata Conservancy. “The Wayzata lakefront has long been cherished as a place to relax, refresh and reconnect with our community. This transformational initiative is a community investment that will yield longstanding benefits for generations of residents and visitors.”
The first phase of construction is being funded by the City of Wayzata, Three Rivers Park District and the State of Minnesota, with continued support from private donors through the Wayzata Conservancy. More than $9 million has been raised to complete the first phase of the project, leaving $15 million to be raised between public and private sources to complete phase two. The City of Wayzata and its partners are seeking $10 million in bonding from the Minnesota Legislature to help fund a portion of the second phase of this regionally significant project. The second phase of the project will include an eco-classroom, the preservation of the Wayzata Depot, a boardwalk along the lakefront and the restoration of the shoreline.
Throughout the construction project, the City will partner with the Greater Wayzata Area Chamber of Commerce to mitigate construction impacts for local businesses. Even with construction, Wayzata will remain a destination to shop, eat, and enjoy for residents and visitors alike. For updates on construction and road closures on and around Lake Street, visit NavigateWayzata.com.