Excelsior gets input for East Town plan

Map of the area impacted by the Excelsior development moratorium. (Submitted photo)
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Map of the area impacted by the Excelsior development moratorium. (Submitted photo)

On March 23, more than 70 participants attended an open house to give their input and learn about Excelsior plan for the east end of town.

The Excelsior City Council approved an interim moratorium on any east town development Nov. 28. The moratorium will last nine months to allow the city to plan and study the east side of Excelsior. The moratorium could be lifted earlier if necessary, but not extended for a longer period.

The moratorium includes all properties from Excelsior Boulevard and Second Street to the edge of Oak Hill Cemetery. It also runs south to Highway 7 and north on Minnetonka Boulevard.
Excelsior officials gathered input at the open house to get information on public opinion.

The open house was open to all, but the majority of participants were residents of Excelsior.
Participants said that the top three major assets of East Town are views of Lake Minnetonka; restaurants and entertainment and a good parking location.

The top three major issues include traffic, underutilized and too many parking lots and pedestrian traffic safety.

In the next 10 years, participants viewed East Town as an area with more housing, restaurants and commercial or retail development.

Nearly 41 percent of participants think that East Town is an extension of downtown while 59 percent thought it was unique but compatible.

All the results and comments can be viewed at bit.ly/2oIb7yh. The next open house is Thursday, April 27.

Contact Paige Kieffer at [email protected]