As of noon today, Lake Street opened to traffic and Plaza Park is complete.
While the project is substantially complete, work still needs to be done on the exterior finishes of the restroom building, the railroad crossings at Barry Avenue and Ferndale Road, and the catenary lighting system at Broadway Avenue. The impact to businesses and residents as crews complete these last items will be minimal.
Thank you for your patience as we completed this critical project for our community. Not only were we able to make important investments in infrastructure, including upgrading our utilities, water main, storm sewer systems, roads, sidewalks and bike lanes, but we were also able to create a world-class park that will provide greater public access to the lake, improve the lakeside ecosystem and keep our downtown commerce vibrant.
This project certainly created challenges for our businesses as they weathered the double storm of COVID-19 and construction. Approximately $200,000 were redirected to local business relief through the waiving or reducing of liquor and health license fees, sidewalk café permits and utility bills, overtime, and enhanced communications to help support businesses during this time. We encourage you to continue safely visiting and patronizing local businesses on Lake Street.
Share your #Panoway momentWe hope you will head down to the brand-new Plaza Park to take in the sights and sounds of the new and improved Lake Street. Be sure to check out the Panoway Picture Frame, where you can capture the moment and share it on social media using the hashtag #Panoway. You can also learn more about Panoway on Wayzata Bay, the initiative aimed at revitalizing the downtown lakefront and the impetus for Lake Street’s new look.