Tonka Village Shopping Center

Developers are holding an open house to get input from the city about the future of the Tonka Village Shopping Center.

TONKA BAY — The city of Tonka Bay is holding an open house to get feedback from residents about a potential development at the Tonka Village Shopping Center.

Doran Development had previously proposed two different plans to build multifamily housing units at the 5609 Manitou Road, but at the Feb. 12 Tonka Bay City Council meeting the owner of the shopping center withdrew his most recent proposal.

“We want to be part of the community. The shopping center is important to the community. It’s the only retail property in the city. I’m not here to make everyone upset. I don’t want to do something that’s going to make everyone upset,” Phillip Jaffe, an owner of the Tonka Village Shopping Center, told the City Council on Feb. 12.

Jaffe said he wants to “learn from my mistakes,” so he withdrew the proposal and asked the City Council to schedule a public hearing “to get the city input on what they’d like to see on the site” and “what we think we can get approved.”

The city has scheduled the open house for Wednesday, March 6, starting at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at Tonka Bay City Hall, 4901 Manitou Road. The public is encouraged to attend and provide comments, a public notice about the meeting says.

The initial design for the development, which was discussed at the Nov. 13, 2018, City Council meeting, called for the strip mall north of Hazellewood Grill & Tap Room to be demolished to build four, four-story multifamily housing structures, with 30 units in each building. The second design, which was presented at the Feb. 12 City Council meeting, called for more than 19,300 square feet of the strip mall to be demolished in order to build a three-story, 126-unit building.

The developers plan to use the input they receive from the open house next month to come up with a new proposal, which they will then submit to the city.

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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