The Commons is currently funded by a smaller population base than you might realize.

While many view downtown Excelsior as their downtown, and the entire 55331 zip code is often associated with Excelsior even though it also includes the communities of Tonka Bay, Shorewood, Deephaven and parts of Chanhassen and Minnetrista, the Village of Excelsior is a relatively small area.  Those who live inside the red boundary on the maps below (figs. 1 and 2), as well properties inside that boundary, are the only ones considered to be in Excelsior from a municipal governance standpoint.  As a result, the property taxes from those properties within the boundaries have been the primary funding source for the Commons even though its use is clearly as a regional space.

Fig 1.

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The Excelsior city limits are outlined in red on this map of the South Lake Minnetonka area.

 

Fig 2.

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Different map view; The red boundary represents the tax base that currently funds the Commons.

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