Demolition is currently underway and construction began in fall 2019.
The 51,500-square-foot shopping center was constructed in 1951 with approximately 180 parking spaces, and has operated as a successful retail center. The shopping center is legally non-conforming since 250 parking spaces are required based current zoning requirements, and there are only 181 spaces on site.
The city received several applications for the site, including:
- A variance application to reduce the required parking from 250 spaces to 160 spaces.
- A variance to reduce the required separation for restaurants selling intoxicating liquor from residential properties. The applicant is requesting a variance of 88 feet, reducing the requirement from 100 feet to 12 feet.
- An easement vacation application to vacate an unused 10-foot utility easement that runs through the site.
Paster Properties has a purchase agreement with Fine Properties of MN, LLP, and proposes to restore the shopping center's design to what was originally constructed in 1953. They are also proposing to reduce the size of the center by 4,000 square feet to add outdoor seating and additional landscaping throughout the site.
- Nov. 15, 2018 — Neighborhood meeting was held at Aquila Elementary School to learn about the proposed reinvestment in the Texa-Tonka Shopping Center.
- Nov. 27, 2018 — The board of zoning appeals approved the two variance applications.
- Dec. 3, 2018 — Public hearing and first reading of an ordinance to vacate the utility easement was held by city council at their regularly scheduled council meeting.
- Dec. 17, 2018 — Second reading of an ordinance to vacate the utility easement was held by city council at their regularly scheduled council meeting. City council approved the utility easement vacation.