ROCHESTER – A first look at a proposed $200 million riverfront project cheered the Destination Medical Center Corp. board at its monthly meeting on Thursday, even as some members expressed frustration with the pace of transportation planning in Rochester.
The proposed project, a hotel/condo/retail complex, would sit on the banks of the Zumbro River, which, despite passing near the heart of the city, is largely inaccessible thanks to a 1990s-era flood-control project. The concept calls for tying downtown into the riverfront with a shallow splash pool, fountain, water wall, outdoor restaurant with seating overlooking the river and a possible kayak launch.
“This is a home run,” said DMC board member and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak, adding that the project from Bloom Holding, an Abu Dhabi-based developer, would accomplish a lot.
Downtown development received top billing at the most recent meeting of the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Corporation Board of Directors.
Abu Dhabi-based Bloom Properties gave an update on a mixed-use project that will be anchored in the Downtown Waterfront sub-district. The $180-200 million project will include residential, hospitality, and retail space, as well as space for outdoor concerts and ice skating.
Board member and former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak called the proposal “a home run,” saying it meets a lot of the DMC’s goals for housing, retail, and community spaces…