About Us

Curt Fretham started the business in 1994 with a single house and an oversized yard in Minnetonka. From there the company has evolved - from creating duplexes, to one and two-property subdivisions, to large mixed-use developments of single and multi-family residences, and commercial buildings. For over two decades Lake West has been acquiring, renovating and developing underutilized properties in the Twin Cities and surrounding suburbs – and creating exceptional new places for people to live and work.

Our tour de force is creating infill developments on underused land in a way that adds real value to a community. Projects that require flexibility, creativity and imaginative solutions to challenges are our specialty.

Our team is comprised of professionals with deep expertise across the continuum of development disciplines, bringing together a wide array of skills and experiences to execute successful residential, multi-family, and commercial developments and redevelopments.

Curt Fretham - Founder, CEO

Watching his father go through the process of developing the family horse farm into residential lots and lots for apartment buildings, Curt got his first taste of land development as a child. Later, in the early 90’s he began buying and fixing up duplexes, subdividing lots and learning the ropes of land development. Curt’s amicable, collaborative approach to negotiating the inevitable resistance that goes along with land development and his creative vision for innovative design has, over and over again, resulted in beautiful, well-functioning neighborhoods and satisfied residents.

Kayla Mack – Development Assistant

Kayla brings a huge collection of skills and experience to Lake West Development. In addition to a previous marketing position with a large Twin Cities real estate development company, she brings experience in the healthcare, restaurant, food and grocery industries. Kayla manages ongoing projects, supports all aspects of the development cycle and manages a number of Lake West’s properties. Her background in a wide variety of industries gives Kayla the resourcefulness and versatility to skillfully juggle a myriad of details and tasks, keeping projects on track, on time and on budget.

Honoring Tradition – Embracing Innovation

Lake West Development is committed to the principle of honoring tradition while embracing innovation. Applying fresh thinking to the complex issues surrounding economic viability of neighborhoods, infrastructure, formation of community and preservation of the environment, we offer solutions that make sense.

We approach our business with an appreciation of the deeply interactive relationship between people, nature and the built environment - and create developments that serve all three. It’s a big ambition, but we’ve proven by experience that we have the creativity, knowledge and skills to build communities that offer a better quality of life for residents.

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