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.

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