In 2019, the city will be undertaking a small area plan for the commercial land near the intersection of Texas Avenue and Minnetonka Boulevard, the Texa-Tonka study area.
The city has contracted with SEH and a team of planners, architects, engineers and outreach and market specialists to create the Texa-Tonka Small Area Plan. The plan will include:
- Market overview
- Concept site and building plans for commercial properties (draft Sept., 30, 2019)
- Design guidelines (draft Sept. 30, 2019)
- Activation ideas and locations (draft Sept. 30, 2019)
- Traffic capacity analysis (draft Nov. 27, 2019)
The process will include several pop-up events, community surveys and neighborhood workshops.
Draft Texa-Tonka Small Area Plan and open house
- A draft Texa-Tonka Small Area Plan (draft Dec. 3, 2019) is available for review. An open house will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 pm on Dec. 10, 2019 at the Sar Shalom Synagogue Fellowship Hall (2734 Rhode Island). Consultants and staff will be available to answer questions.
We want to hear your ideas!
Fall 2019 survey
- There were 2,257 complete or partial responses to the draft design recommendation survey. Thank you for your participation!
Summer 2019 survey
- There were 992 complete or partial responses to the initial Texa-Tonka survey. Summer survey results.
- Aug. 13, 2019 — Workshop participants worked in small groups with planning consultants to explore ideas for renovation, redevelopment and enhancement using magic markers, maps and scale buildings blocks.
- June 27, 2019 — The small group conversations among the 35 workshop participants helped create a set of study area issues, opportunities for improvement and preservation, and a draft vision statement.
- June 13, 2019 — The first pop-up event in the Aquila neighborhood. View the pop-up engagement summary.
- Oct. 3, 2019 — A second pop-up was held at Aquila Elementary School during parent-teacher conferences to gain feedback on plan recommendations. View the pop-up 2 engagement summary.
A project committee has been formed to help guide the planning process. The committee includes commercial property owners and residents from several neighborhoods, including Texa-Tonka, Oak Hill, Aquila and Cobblecrest.
- Meeting 1: May 16, 2019 — The committee met to walk the study area and discuss placemaking.
- Meeting 2: Sept. 11, 2019 — The committee reviewed a presentation based on public outreach generated through workshops and a survey. The committee recommended and supported the following:
- A simple modernist style architecture
- Building form ranging from 1 to 4 stories in height
- 2.5 to 3 story buildings with medium density multi-family on the northeast corner of Texas Avenue and Minnetonka Boulevard (vacant parking lot)
- Buildings placed closer to street with parking toward the rear
- Temporary and permanent activation installations including public art, landscaping and street crossings
- Meeting 3: Nov. 20, 2019 — The committee met to review the draft plan.