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Riverfront Small Area Plan

The City of Rochester is developing a small area plan for a central waterfront property that links together several civic, cultural and government assets to the heart of downtown Rochester and the Mayo Clinic.

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Project Impact(s): Recreation & Open Space, Universal Design

This project is in Plan Phase

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Collaborators, Project Type, Impacts, Related Projects

Collaborators 

Lead Organization: City of Rochester and DMC EDA

Contact: TBD ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; DMC EDA ; Riverfront Small Area Consultant Team

Potential Collaborators: Community Mobilization Resource Coalition (CMRC) ; Diversity Council ; Sherman Associates


Related Projects

DMC Discovery Square ; Destination Medical Center (DMC) ; Discovery Walk Co-designing ; Downtown Waterfront Southeast: 6th Street Bridge Concept Design ; Intercultural Center, Rochester (Creating a 21st Century Community Space) ; South-of-Downtown Waterfront Small Area Plan


Impacts 

Major Impact:  Recreation & Open Space

PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Recreation & Open Space, Universal Design

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Livable City, Waterfront

Community Health Impacts:


Type of Project

Planning, Programming  

 

 

Detailed Description

 

Feb, 2022

 

The Riverfront Small Area Plan is a community-driven process to develop a market-supported vision for a central waterfront property. The site’s transformation will link together several civic, cultural and government assets to the heart of downtown Rochester and the Mayo Clinic. The plan will establish a people-centric place that leverages natural and cultural resources and supports multi-modal connectivity to adjacent areas including the Downtown.

 The Riverfront Small Area Plan will be a transformative, one-of-a-kind project, which encompasses Rochester’s past as well as its future and is welcome to all. It will include vibrant public spaces, some development, and an integration of nature and the Zumbro River. As America’s City for Health, Rochester is a global medical destination. Therefore, the project will incorporate accessibility for all abilities and center human wellbeing in its design.

 The consultant team, composed of Gamble Associates (lead, Urban Designers and Architects), NEOO Partners (Community Engagement and Economic Development), SWA Group (Landscape Architects), omloop (Branding and Wayfinding) is partnered with a co-design group composed of members from different communities around Rochester. Multiple public engagement events will be held for the duration of the project, beginning with this virtual series.

 

 

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October, 2019 Statement of Interest

 

 

 

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PB Reporting, October, 2019

 

The next steps following a failed proposal to build a pair of towers along the Zumbro River could be taken Monday.

The Rochester City Council is expected to start the process of asking developers and others for potential uses and partnerships for 2.5 acres of city-owned land that sits along the west side of the Zumbro River opposite the city-county Government Center, between Second and Fourth streets.

The bulk of the land was slated to be developed by Bloom International Realty until the company backed out of approved plans late last year.

“At that time, we took it as an opportunity to maybe utilize that space for what the community and city deem as priorities,” said Josh Johnsen, the city’s project manager for the Riverfront Re-Imagined effort.

Bloom had held City Council-approved exclusive negotiating rights for most of the property since 2015.

The city plans to start actively soliciting submissions detailing concepts, partnerships and development options for the site Tuesday, if the City Council supports the plan during its 3:30 p.m. work session Monday.

Ideas will be gathered through Jan. 30, with plans to use the information to develop a proposal early next year. A final plan for the project could be in place by the end of 2020.

Where the Bloom project called for a mix of senior housing, hotel rooms and condos, amid parking and retail space, Johnson and Assistant City Administrator Aaron Parrish recently told the Rochester Public Library Board that nothing is ruled out at this point.

That could mean relocating the library, which has been a target for potential expansion in recent years.

In the city’s document seeking development concepts, the library is seen as a potential asset for a future business partner, noting approximately 500,000 community members and visitors visit the site, and its bookmobile, each year.

It also notes the current site could become part of a bigger package.

“The City Council and Library Board would consider leveraging the existing library site to facilitate a (public-private partnership) development framework, or using the site as equity for potential integration within the Riverfront Re-Imagined development,” it states.

Johnsen estimates the land currently occupied by the library would be valued at approximately $4.4 million.

“It’s just another asset we could potentially bring to the table,” he said.

Other benefits developers could potentially tap into by working with the city as partners for developing the riverfront site include eligibility for tax-increment financing and cost sharing with the city or other entities.

The city also indicates potential partnerships with University of Minnesota Rochester and the Rochester YMCA could be part of a plan.

While the city is outlining its potential priorities for developers, Johnsen said a key part of the process calls for giving developers enough room to produce creative proposals without needing to pander to specific city requests.

“We want to actually get their feedback on how they see the development,” he said, noting the goal is to develop a project that meets public needs of the city, as well as private interests of a potential developer.

Parrish said a potential development agreement could unfold in various ways, which might include selling a portion or all of the city land.

“We’re open to all different options for partnership,” he said.

 

 

 

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Pinned Reports on: Riverfront Small Area Plan


Riverfront Small Area Plan (November 30, 2023)

November DMCC Board:

  • Presentation Slides
  • Video Clips

 

May 19, 2023 Report to DMC

Nov 20 City of Rochester Study Session

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Riverfront Small Area Plan (November 19, 2022)

Consultant Team Report and Recommendations to the City of Rochester

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Riverfront Small Area Plan Community Engagement Sessions (March 24, 2022)

Rochester’s downtown riverfront is poised for transformation. The Riverfront Small Area Plan project will create a high-level plan for future phased redevelopment.

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Riverfront Small Area Plan Consultant selected (February 03, 2022)

Gambol Associates, a Massachusetts firm, selected for the project to come up with a concrete proposal. 

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Reports on: Riverfront Small Area Plan


Riverfront Small Area Plan (November 30, 2023)

November DMCC Board:

  • Presentation Slides
  • Video Clips

 

May 19, 2023 Report to DMC

Nov 20 City of Rochester Study Session

Read more ...


Riverfront Small Area Plan (November 19, 2022)

Consultant Team Report and Recommendations to the City of Rochester

Read more ...


Riverfront Small Area Plan Community Engagement Sessions (March 24, 2022)

Rochester’s downtown riverfront is poised for transformation. The Riverfront Small Area Plan project will create a high-level plan for future phased redevelopment.

Read more ...


Riverfront Small Area Plan Consultant selected (February 03, 2022)

Gambol Associates, a Massachusetts firm, selected for the project to come up with a concrete proposal. 

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Other Community News and Reports having impacts on:

Recreation & Open Space, Universal Design  
April 27, 2024: 2024 Destination Medical Center (DMC) Updates
DMC Updates April 29 Presentation to City Council Study Session 

Transit Village

Business Development

Historic District

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March 12, 2024: University of Minnesota Rochester at DMC Board November
DMCC Board November 17, 2023 Meeting UMR Update

Presentation Slides

Video Recording

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March 10, 2024: West Transit Village
September DMCC Board Status: NTH to run a developer selection process with Mayo

2024-03-10 Added Video Clip Loop of Sep 2022 DMCC board meeting

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April 23, 2023: University of Minnesota, Rochester Master Plan Update
2023-04-23 PB reporting on UMR;  2022-11-22 Plan change due to Covid 2020

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May 24, 2022: Silver Lake Master Plan Focus Groups
Rochester Community Encouraged to Engage with the Start of the Silver Lake Park Master Plan Process

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May 27, 2021: Discovery Walk
March 2021 DMCC approval for Bid

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December 10, 2020: Co-designing of Discovery Walk Concept
Summary of Co-design of Discovery Walk and Codify the co-design process. 

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February 17, 2019: Education, Health and Recreation Space (DMC UMR/Rec sub-district) 2019 DMCC

The DMC EDA, City of Rochester and UMR will begin discussions about future sub-district development. 

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February 08, 2019: Bloom Reconsiders Second Phases of Riverfront Project
"Bloom International Realty may be rethinking plans to build the second phase of its $230 million riverfront development in downtown Rochester.

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May 30, 2016: Bloom Rochester River Front Project Status May 26 Presentation to DMCC board
This is a "home run" kind of project. Some of my friends who have been looking elsewhere to re-locate to a down-town living environment may now have reasons to wait and see how this will turn out. 

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Last modified by support on 2022/11/21
Created by allnode on 2022/02/14

 

 

 

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