Governor Mark Dayton announced the reappointments of Susan Park Rani and R.T. Rybak as members of the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board of Directors. Both are appointed to six year terms, expiring on January 3, 2023.
“I am pleased [to] reappoint Susan Park Rani and R.T. Rybak to the Destination Medical Center Corporation Board,” said Governor Dayton. “Their respective prior experiences in the private sector and local government have been critical to the success of the Destination Medical Center initiative thus far. I thank Ms. Rani and Mr. Rybak for their willingness to continue serving.”
“I am excited to see my colleagues, Susan and R.T. remain on the board,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith, DMCC board chair. “They provide invaluable perspective and play an integral role in shaping our efforts to ensure Rochester remains ‘America’s City for Health’ for generations to come.”
A new design team was chosen Thursday to map out Mayo Clinic’s largest downtown DMC project, Discovery Square.
RSP Architects and St. Louis, Mo.-based HOK were selected design Discovery Square, which could include up to 2 million square feet of research and education space in the Destination Medical Center’s Discovery Square district. The 20-block subdistrict is between Fourth Street Southwest and Sixth Street Southwest bordered by South Broadway and Fifth Avenue Southwest.
Discovery Square is anticipated to be a major driver of the $6.5 billion DMC initiative’s projected job growth and private spending. M.A. Mortenson Co. of Minneapolis is leading the development of the project for Mayo Clinic.
Since Rochester City Lines stopped their commuter route from Le Roy and Grand Meadow to Rochester in 2014, the demand has not stopped. Le Roy has tried a couple options, but it thinks their new bus service is the key to meeting that demand.
“It was a nice grassroots effort – It just proves you only need a handful of people,” said Axel Gumbel who is part of Le Roy’s Economic Development Authority.
In leading a public space design project for Destination Medical Center’s Heart of the City district, RSP Architects and RSP Principal Jon Buggy have promised solutions that are “authentic” to Rochester.
As the consultant team has found out in the research and interview stage of its design process, “authentic” might mean a few different things to Rochester’s mix of residents, employees and the millions of people who visit the city each year.
The high school kids in Aaron Davis’ construction tech class are busy helping build a two-bedroom, two-bathroom house that’s likely to be snapped up quickly in the Rochester area’s fast moving real estate market.
The same can also be said for Davis’ students. Market forces can’t wait for them to graduate. A recent state survey found nearly 500 construction positions available in southeastern Minnesota with some 8,000 total jobs open in a region with a minuscule 2.4 percent unemployment rate.
A proposed housing project near Rochester’s downtown is moving ahead with the support of neighbors and the City Planning and Zoning Commission.
North Rock Real Estate, representing ownership group GZ East Center Street LLC, laid out plans Wednesday for the Riverwalk Downtown City Apartments, a six-story, 149-unit apartment building. The building would replace homes on four parcels on East Center Street, on the east side of the entrance to Mayo Field.
A $21.3 million plan to expand the Chateau Theatre is headed to the Rochester City Council later this month for approval.
Called Option E, the plan by Miller Dunwiddie Architecture calls for expanding the theater east into the alley and excavating below the existing footprint of the building to add a lower level. Denita Lemmon, a Miller Dunwiddie associate principal, presented the proposed plan to the Chateau Theatre Re-use Task Force on Tuesday.
The alley expansion, Lemmon said, is to enlarge the theater’s lobby space. The entrance and lobby would be on the south side of the building, facing the Peace Plaza, with theater seats facing a stage on the north end of the theater.
There’s a new addition to DMC’s Waterfront District with the construction of a new housing option downtown. The Lofts at Mayo Park is a 29-unit housing complex. It will offer both short and long-term leasing for people visiting for health care and residents of Rochester.
Tuesday, DMCC board members and city leaders were given a tour of the site. It’s a $9.5 million project. The real-estate trust behind the building said DMC didn’t dictate the process but instead approved what was done.
Start-up companies, researchers and investors came together in Rochester Tuesday to demonstrate what they would bring to Destination Medical Center.
Investors and Innovators was a private event, with participants pitching their company’s value and economical place in the future plans and construction of DMC.
Attendees included health related companies with focuses such as diabetes care and spine therapy. Also presenting was the entrepreneurial hub, Collider, which is already established in Rochester.
It’s these events bringing innovative minds together on one platform that DMC says is key to Rochester’s growth over the next 10 years.
Mayo Clinic is pleased with the progress it has made thus far under DMC.
In an interview with the trade magazine PRWeek, Mayo CEO John Noseworthy said the Rochester-based nonprofit is “on schedule to meet development targets” for DMC. He referenced the recent selection of M.A. Mortenson Company to develop the Discovery Square sub-district as a step in the right direction.
“I have no doubt it will be successful,” he said. “The interest in the business community is massive. The public has a right to weigh in and we expect that.”