New Mixed-Use Apartment Community to Open in Downtown Rochester
A new living option in downtown Rochester is ready to welcome its first residents. The HUE, a development of Minneapolis-based Ackerberg, officially opens Saturday, August 1, 2020.
The HUE, at the corner of 1st Avenue and 4th Street SW, features 50 residential units with a variety of studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom floorplans. A rooftop deck on the 7th floor has grills, a firepit, and a 360-degree view of the city. The adjacent skyway provides easy access to Mayo Clinic, the Minnesota BioBusiness Center, and the rest of downtown Rochester’s amenities.
Pamela Hugdahl began her role as the Rochester Art Center’s executive director in June after serving as the administrative director at the Port Washington Saukville Arts Council in Port Washington, Wis. The art center offers the opportunity for all people to understand and value the arts. It currently has four exhibitions open to the public during this time of physical distancing and is working on activating all areas of the building with art. The organization is building relationships with past and future community partners, and emphasizing inclusivity and diversity in its admission procedures, programs, and board and staff development.
There is a new crew of friendly faces in bright orange shirts keeping downtown Rochester a clean and safe place to live, work, and play. The Rochester Downtown Alliance’s (RDA) Clean and Safe Ambassador program launched July 1, 2020.
Clean Team Ambassadors provide daily services within the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s 44-block special service district, including sanitizing high touch areas of public spaces, power washing sidewalks, picking up litter, pulling weeds, and removing graffiti. They are also available to assist the public by answering questions and providing directions.
Destination Medical Center (DMC) is prototyping a kinder future for construction; one that considers patients, pedestrians, and business owners first. It’s called Business Forward.
“Every business owner will say that anytime they’ve had construction in front of their businesses, they’ve never felt like they’ve been a part of the plan,” says Jamie Rothe, Director of Community Engagement and Experience for DMC Economic Development Agency. “With this type of project, we felt like we needed to build it together. And that’s what we need to do; share information, get information back, then modify and adjust.”
The Business Pivot, a blog series from Destination Medical Center (DMC), features local small businesses that are pivoting not just to survive, but to thrive in the current economic environment. These businesses are helping Southeast Minnesota continue to access products and services while also making a difference in the community.