Momentum and Discovery Square Groundbreaking Highlighted at DMCC Board Meeting

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – Rochester, Minn. (Nov. 2, 2017) – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors today recognized significant progress toward several private developments, public infrastructure, business development, and planning goals of the Destination Medical Center initiative.

A significant highlight shared with the Board focused on job growth. More than 3,300 jobs were added since 2014 and construction activity at the four DMC-funded projects will result in more than 1,000 combined construction jobs.

The Board specifically acknowledged today’s groundbreaking by Mortenson on their Phase 1 building at Discovery Square.

“Discovery Square will be the place where Minnesota’s next generation of medical start-ups will want to be. It will create new opportunity for jobs, innovation, and economic growth and represents a major step toward fulfilling our mission of building America’s City for Health,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith, chair of the DMCC Board of Directors. “I thank Mortenson, Mayo Clinic and the Rochester community for their work on the Discovery Square project. This is great news for Rochester and our state.”

Press Release: Progress and excitement build around Discovery Square as DMCC board supports Mortenson’s $35 million project in Rochester

ROCHESTER, Minn. (July 27, 2017) – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors voted to approve the $35 million Mortenson project in the Discovery Square sub-district under the DMC Development Plan. The building is one in a series of DMC projects in the sub-district. The project will receive $4.9 million in DMC tax-increment financing.

“Today we take an important step forward with Discovery Square, a place where Minnesota’s next successful medical technology start-ups will be launched. This project will help diversify Rochester’s economy, create great jobs, and ensure Rochester remains America’s City for Health,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, Chair of the DMC Board of Directors. “I thank Mortenson, Mayo Clinic, and the Rochester community for their work on this Discovery Square project. We have taken another important economic development step for the Destination Medical Center, Rochester, and Minnesota.”

DMC Transportation Work Session Provides Space for Fruitful Public Input

ROCHESTER, Minn. (June 14, 2017) – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors held a Transportation Work Session today to provide an update on findings since the DMC Transportation Workshop in April.

“A sustainable, comprehensive transportation plan is essential to the success of DMC. Today, we had a valuable discussion about Rochester’s needs, now and in the future,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, chair of the DMCC Board. “Together with the Mayor, City Council, Olmsted County Board, and the EDA Board, we looked closely at design options, with the goal of making transportation work better for people in the DMC district and throughout Rochester and the region.”

Press Release: First Building Announced in Discovery Square

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Apr. 27, 2017) – Representatives from Mortenson announced today to members of the Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors the specific location where construction will take place on its hallmark Discovery Square project.The planned 60,000+ square foot, state-of-the-art research and development complex, currently being designed by RSP Architects and HOK, will be built at the corner of 4th Street SW and 2nd Avenue SW, according to Mortenson representative Jeremy Jacobs.

An integral part of the DMC vision, the 16-block sub-district in downtown Rochester known as Discovery Square will become one of the leading life science research campuses in the United States. The densely organized, mixed-use neighborhood will consist of life science businesses, new start-ups, and residential options anchored by a signature space.

Discovery Square will be a bridge to the mission of Mayo Clinic, serving as an extension of the Mayo Clinic’s team-based model of care and providing a new address for the future of life science, research, education, technology, and innovation. Over the next 20 years, Discovery Square is expected to expand Mayo’s research and product development space by more than two million square feet.

In 2016, Mayo Clinic selected Mortenson Company as its development partner for the first phase of its Discovery Square initiative. In January, Mortenson selected RSP Architects and HOK to design the facility. Mortenson expects to begin construction later this year and complete the project by 2019.

“The DMC vision for Discovery Square is coming to life,” said Lisa Clarke, executive director of the Destination Medical Center. “The vibrant life sciences hub will bring forward-thinking business professionals, students, educators, and innovators from around the world together in Rochester to accelerate research, improve delivery, and advance patient care.”

The next scheduled meeting of the DMCC Board of Directors will take place on July 27, 2017.

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Press Release: Major Milestone: DMC exceeds $200 million private investment threshold for unlocking state dollars

ROCHESTER, Minn. (March 23, 2017) – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Executive Committee announced today that the DMC economic development initiative exceeded the $200 million private development investment threshold –needed to trigger the release of state DMC dollars to be used for public infrastructure improvements – by $97.7 million, totaling $297.7 million in private investment.

“Reaching this important milestone reaffirms that we are on the right track, and Rochester is already experiencing growth and new opportunities,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, DMCC Board Chair. “With the $200 million threshold met, I look forward to working with the State of Minnesota, Rochester community and Mayo Clinic to invest in transportation, world-class amenities, and other public infrastructure that supports opportunity for everyone.”

Press Release: DMCC board approves $38M residential and retail project

Board also reviews Mortenson roadmap for Discovery Square Project

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Feb. 8, 2017) – Highlighting the growing momentum of the Destination Medical Center initiative, the DMCC Board of Directors today approved a $38 million mixed-used development project. The development would bring 156 market-rate apartments, retail shopping, public parking and pedestrian access to downtown Rochester. 

“The Destination Medical Center and Rochester continue to attract private investment and innovation, as our actions at this Board meeting demonstrate,” said Lt. Gov. Tina Smith, chair of the DMCC Board. “The momentum with Discovery Square, which will be a nation-leading center for life science innovation, is especially encouraging.  We need to keep this momentum going and continue working with Rochester, Mayo Clinic, and the private sector to expand jobs and opportunity in America’s City for Health, and all of Minnesota.”

DMCC Board approves $115M mixed-use development for St. Marys Place sub-district

The Alatus Development project will add over 347 residential units, restaurant, commercial, and retail space. Project highlights growing momentum of Destination Medical Center initiative, with over $200 million in development since 2013.

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Dec. 15, 2016) – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors today approved the $115 million Alatus LLC 2nd Street Development Project for the DMC St. Marys Place sub-district subject to a final review of the project’s financing. The 13-story mixed-use development is expected to include over 347 residential units, 13,500 square feet of ground floor retail space, and 7,500 square feet of second-floor office and retail space.

DMCC Board Reviews Two Major Mixed Use Development Proposals

Projects would add over 270 apartment units and 200 hotel rooms to DMC district 

ROCHESTER, Minn. (Oct. 27, 2016) – The Destination Medical Center Corporation (DMCC) Board of Directors today received a preliminary view of two significant mixed-use project proposals aimed at building hotel, retail, and residential housing options in key sub-districts within the DMC District. Board members also received an update regarding transportation planning efforts and approved the DMCC’s funding request for 2017.

Titan Real Estate and Investments and the Opus Group provided initial background on a proposed 156-unit apartment complex that would be built in the Discovery Square district upon a First Ave. surface parking lot. The development would include retail and parking within, as well as a green roof and pedestrian access to downtown. Titan, a local company, was the developer of “Broadway at Center,” one of two DMC-approved projects.

Destination Medical Center Corporation Board Takes Major Step Forward on Heart of the City

ROCHESTER, Minn. (August 25, 2016) – At today’s board meeting, the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Corporation Board of Directors took a major step forward on DMC’s Heart of the City sub-district by approving the recommendation of the Heart of the City Community Advisory Committee to select RSP Architects as the design team for public space in Heart of the City. The DMC Corporation Board also was updated on the latest progress of the Discovery Square sub-district and transportation.

“The Heart of the City district is an essential part of our strategy to ensure Rochester’s place as America’s City for Health,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith, DMC Corporation Board Chair. “It will be the place where Mayo Clinic, medical innovation, new business and hospitality opportunities, and housing choices all meet. Today’s announcement takes us a step closer to this goal.”

Following the meeting, the DMC Corporation Board toured the recently reopened Conley-Maass Building located in Discovery Square and met with the building’s tenants and collaborators.

Destination Medical Center Corporation Board Discusses Major Milestone for Discovery Square and other DMC Progress

ROCHESTER, Minn. (June 23, 2016) – At today’s board meeting, the Destination Medical Center (DMC) Corporation Board of Directors discussed Mayo Clinic’s recent announcement of a major milestone for DMC’s Discovery Square; highlights from this year’s BIO International Convention; DMC urban design guidelines; and updates on DMC priorities, including Heart of the City and transportation.

“Mayo Clinic’s investment in Discovery Square is an exciting step for the City of Rochester. Discovery Square will propel the development of innovative ideas, products, and businesses in southeast Minnesota,” said Lt. Governor Tina Smith, DMC Corporation Board Chair. “We are well-positioned to make Rochester ‘America’s City for Health’ and the world’s premier destination for health and wellness.”