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Texa-Tonka Small Area Plan

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Background

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:

The process will include several pop-up events, community surveys and neighborhood workshops.  

Draft Texa-Tonka Small Area Plan and open house

  • 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!

Surveys

Fall 2019 survey
Summer 2019 survey
  • There were 992 complete or partial responses to the initial Texa-Tonka survey. Summer survey results

Workshops

  • 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. 

Pop-up event

  • 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

Project committee

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.