TONKA BAY — The developers who are seeking to build multifamily housing at the Tonka Village Shopping Center in Tonka Bay have submitted another proposal to the city.

Doran Companies, the developer, and Tonka Village LLC, an affiliate of the land owner, submitted an updated site concept plan for 5609 Manitou Road to the city on May 9.

The Tonka Bay City Council will consider the plan at its June 11 meeting, according to the city’s website.

In a letter to City Administrator John Tingley, Tony Kuechle, the senior vice president of development with Doran, detailed some of the changes made to the concept plan after hearing concerns from the City Council and residents at meetings in February and March.

At those meetings, residents requested the masses of buildings be broken up, there be fewer units to decrease the density in the area, there be more landscaping, and the buildings be designed to fit in with the look and feel of Tonka Bay and Lake Minnetonka.

Residents also shared concerns about the traffic the project would add to the area’s already congested streets and how much worse parking would get at the shopping center and the Country Club Lanes bowling alley with the residential buildings.

The new plan

The developers are proposing to build 86 units in two residential buildings, with a mixture of two-story townhomes and one- and two-bedroom apartments, the site concept plan shows.

The number of units proposed in this plan is fewer than the 126-unit buildings previously proposed, which Kuechle says should alleviate concerns residents have over density, building mass, traffic and parking.

The building closest to the Tonka Village Shopping Center would be three stories tall, while the building to the north would be four stories, which would require a variance from the city. There would also be a third, 4,000-square-foot clubhouse building adjacent to the three-story building. The two buildings would be separated by a courtyard that is professionally maintained. There would also be underground parking for residents.

In addressing residents’ request for the project to look and feel like Tonka Bay, the concept plan shows the exterior of the buildings would have white and blue lap siding, grey shake siding, white framed panels, brick and stone. The two residential buildings would have flat roofs, while the clubhouse would have a pitched roof, which Kuechle says will help with the transition between the heights of all three buildings.

Like Doran’s previous proposals, this project would be built to the left of the Tonka Village Shopping Center, but would require a portion of the shopping center be demolished. Some tenants would relocate to the remaining portion of the strip mall, the concept plan says. Previous proposed site plans showed the portion of the shopping center north of Hazellewood Grill and Tap Room would be the part that gets razed.

Melissa Turtinen is the multimedia reporter for Lakeshore Weekly News. She's passionate about adding context to stories and informing people about what's going on in their community. She enjoys being outside, traveling and good beer.


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