Wayzata picks Civitas for lakefront project

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Wayzata picks Civitas for lakefront project
© Bill Klotz

Hoping to make Lake Minnetonka more inviting and accessible to residents, the city of Wayzata has hired Denver-based Civitas to lead the design of a key lakefront improvement project in the city.

The “Lake Effect Signature Project” is intended to improve public spaces along the lakefront extending about a quarter-mile from the Section Foreman House at 738 E. Lake St. to the Wayzata Depot at 402 E. Lake St.

Wayzata officials say it’s part of a multi-year effort to “reconnect residents and visitors” with Lake Minnetonka, and make it more accommodating for bicyclists, pedestrians and other users.

Mary deLaittre, the city’s project consultant, said the lakefront is an important feature of the city’s identity. The problem is, the area is “inaccessible in a variety of ways,” she said.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to redesign the lakefront as a community asset,” she said in an interview.

City officials hope to tap into a mix of public and private funding sources for the project, but no budget has been established yet, deLaittre said. Early next year, the city will create an organization to coordinate and raise funds for the project.

Civitas’ proposal includes a $310,000 design fee. The city is negotiating with the architecture and urban design firm to refine the fee and scope of services, deLaittre said. []