Heart of the City Phase One Construction Updates

Heart of the City Phase One Rendering

The first phase of Destination Medical Center’s Heart of the City public realm project is a renovation of Peace Plaza and surrounding areas. The new design will create active, engaging experiences for residents, visitors and patients in the heart of downtown Rochester.

The Heart of the City project team is available to help with any questions, concerns, comments and ideas.
You can contact the Heart of the City Team anytime at:

507-328-2021

The project team has heard from many businesses with great questions, ideas and suggestions and we thank you for your help.

Emergency Line: 507-218-3866

View the Peace Plaza webcam here.

View the 1st Avenue webcam here.

Updates:

10/19/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week
 
1st Avenue South: Snow melt system installation and the street sub-surface concrete pours are now complete. 

1st Avenue North: The trees on the west side of the road have all been planted and the silva cells (tree boxes) have all been filled in the southeast corner of the block.

Peace Fountain/Scrim Pool: Installation of piping in the scrim pool is now complete. The pipes will supply water to the fountain, push it out and over the pavers, and then recirculate it in and around the pool.  

Upcoming Announcements
1st Avenue South: Pedestrian walkways will be shifted to accommodate work near businesses along 1st Avenue South.
 

Snow removal: With snow in the forecast this week, here are guidelines for snow removal: 

  • We request that no salt or sand is used on the sidewalk or areas within the Heart of the City project site. Salt can negatively impact the recently planted trees, compromise new concrete, and erode pavers. Once the project is complete we will have snow melt under the street and sidewalk take care of these issues. 
  • For any near future snow events, Kraus-Anderson will take care of snow removal around the construction site. 
  • We are still discussing snow removal procedures for this upcoming winter season. We will provide updates as those decisions are made. 

Business Forward Updates

Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) Free Parking Program: Through October 31, 2020, when the public shops, dines, or supports a service or experience business downtown, they get a three-hour free parking voucher to use at any of the six municipal parking ramps. Clean and Safe Ambassadors did personal outreach to businesses Tuesday, October 6 to Thursday, October 8. RDA created a media kit with pre-made social media graphics and messaging for your use. Find more information here

Destination Medical Center (DMC) webinars: DMC hosted a series of webinars related to the Five-Year update to its 20-Year Development Plan. Links to the sessions are below. 

DMC and Rochester: Dollars and $ense of Development Patterns
Recorded Wednesday, October 7 

My Community: Destination Medical Center at 5 Years
Recorded Friday, October 9

DMC Webinar: Downtown Rochester COVID-19 Economic Impact Analysis
Recorded Friday, October 16


10/14/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week
1st Avenue South: The paver work in the tree room areas has been completed from 2nd Street to Peace Plaza. Trees will be added to the east side of this street at a later date. The sub-surface concrete pouring that will be below pavers in the street began this week. 1st Avenue North: The trees on the west side of the road have all been planted and trees have arrived for the east side of the road. 

Peace Fountain/Scrim Pool: This week the interior of the scrim pool was backfilled with sand in order to enable all of the underground piping to progress. This work is planned for the next week, at which time the forming for the scrim pool slab will begin. We are targeting the pouring of the scrim pool slab by the first week of November.

Upcoming Announcements
1st Avenue South: We are working hard to have the street sub-surface poured from 2nd Street to Peace Plaza by the end of next week. We are planning to start the work next to the buildings and businesses in the area the week of October 19, 2020.
1st Avenue North: The trees on the east side of the road will be planted next week and the curb and gutter will begin to be formed on this end of the block along with underground mechanical/electrical work in the sidewalks.

Business Forward Updates

Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) Free Parking Program: Through October 31, 2020, when the public shops, dines, or supports a service or experience business downtown, they get a three-hour free parking voucher to use at any of the six municipal parking ramps. Clean and Safe Ambassadors did personal outreach to businesses Tuesday, October 6 to Thursday, October 8. RDA created a media kit with pre-made social media graphics and messaging for your use. Find more information here.Mayo Clinic PerkSpot: RDA recently sent an e-mail to downtown Rochester businesses with an invitation from Mayo Clinic to get involved in their employee discount program, PerkSpot. They are building a Rochester-specific page on which their employees can find deals from local businesses. This is an exciting opportunity to reach Mayo Clinic employees. PerkSpot has website hits around 12,000 per month. If you are interested in offering a deal through this program, contact [email protected] for more information.

RDA’s Downtown Business Relief Grant Fund: A generous private donor has stepped up to establish a $1 million grant fund to support downtown businesses through this challenging period. Applications were reviewed from October 5-9 and grants to be announced October 12, 2020. Contact Lauren Contreras at [email protected] with questions about your application. 

 

Destination Medical Center (DMC) webinars: DMC is hosting a series of webinars related to the Five-Year update to its 20-Year Development Plan. The webinars will bring together experts for discussion and also gather feedback from the community. Two webinars were last week, and one more is set for this Friday, October 16. Links to the sessions are below. 

DMC Webinar: Downtown Rochester COVID-19 Economic Impact Analysis
Friday, October 16

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

View previous webinars:
DMC and Rochester: Dollars and $ense of Development Patterns
Recorded Wednesday, October 7 

My Community: Destination Medical Center at 5 Years
Recorded Friday, October 9

City of Rochester Utility Assistance Program: utility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000. The deadline is October 16, 2020. 

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10/5/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Snow Melt System and Pavers: Crews started installing the snow melt system and pavers. They started at the 1st Avenue / 2nd Street intersection and are working north towards Peace Plaza.    Scrim Pool: The last pour for the walls of the scrim pool is now complete.   

Peace Fountain Foundation: The foundation for Peace Fountain was poured. The fountain remains in storage and will be cleaned and refurbished before it’s reinstalled on the plaza.    

Trees: Eight more trees have been delivered to the site and are being planted on the north end of the project site on 1st Ave. SW.

Upcoming Announcements
Snowmelt and Pavers: Work will continue on the snow melt system and installing pavers.
Parking Lane: The parking lane on 1st Avenue will be poured as early as Wednesday, October 7. 

Business Forward Updates

Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) Updates: A On Monday, October 5, RDA will propose to Rochester City Council a free parking program for downtown shoppers. The program would run through October.

Applications for the Downtown Small Business Relief Fund were due Friday, October 2. Grants will be announced and distributed Monday, October 12.

Destination Medical Center (DMC) webinars: DMC is hosting a series of webinars related to the Five-Year update to its 20-Year Development Plan. The webinars will bring together experts for discussion and also gather feedback from the community. Links to session details and registration are below.

DMC and Rochester: Dollars and $ense of Development Patterns
Wednesday, October 7
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

My Community: Destination Medical Center at 5 Years
Friday, October 8
8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

DMC Webinar: Downtown Rochester COVID-19 Economic Impact Analysis
Friday, October 16
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

City of Rochester Utility Assistance Program: utility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000. The deadline is October 16, 2020. 

 

9/29/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Scrim Pool: Crews continued on the forming work for a concrete pour next week in the scrim pool.  Trees: Lighting is being installed for the trees, and more treeboxes are being installed on the north end of the site.

Upcoming Announcements

Tree Planting: The next group of trees will be unloaded and planted on the north end of 1st Avenue starting Tuesday, September 29.

Snowmelt and Pavers: Work will continue on the snowmelt system and installing pavers.

Phasing / Business Outreach: Troy Dale, project superintendent, will be stopping by businesses on the east side of 1st Avenue to address the next phase of the project and how business access will be maintained.  

Business Forward Updates
City of Rochester Utility Assistance Program: utility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000. The deadline is October 16, 2020. 

Wayfinding: New, larger wayfinding signage was installed around the site on Thursday, September 24 and Friday, September 25.  

Rochester Downtown Alliance Updates: The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) is working on a parking reimbursement program that will be in effect through October. More details to be released.

RDA, Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce, and Choo-Choo-Ca-Chew have launched a new program to create a central, online location for updated restaurant information. A downtown-specific list of restaurants is available at DowntownRochesterMN.com/SupportLocalDining and the full list of Rochester area establishments can be found at to ChooChoocaChew.com/RochMNFood.

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business.

9/21/2020:

Upcoming Announcements
Scrim Pool: The interior walls of the scrim pool are expected to be poured Tuesday, September 22. These are the third and fourth pours out of five total on the scrim pool.

What You See: Progress This Week

Treeboxes: Bolander continues to prepare the land for the installation of more treeboxes. Paver preparation: Crews prepared to start installing pavers on 1st Avenue South next week.

Business Forward Updates

Chateau Theatre Meeting: The Chateau Theatre invites Heart of the City businesses to join an upcoming meeting on Thursday, September 24, 2020 from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. to discuss navigating through construction and COVID-19. The meeting will take place at the Chateau Theatre and through Zoom by RSVPing to [email protected].

Olmsted County Grant Notifications: Olmsted County is pleased to announce the grant recipients for the small business and nonprofit grant programs. The recipients will be notified by the end of the week of September 14 and once that notification occurs, those details will be shared on the Olmsted County website. Find more information here.

City of Rochester Utility Assistance Program: utility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000. The deadline is October 16, 2020. 

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 

9/14/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Tree Planting: Planting trees on the east side of 1st Avenue was completed Friday, September 11. Then, crews can start to assemble the finished streetscape, including grading, insulation and snowmelt tubing.The next round of tree installs is expected in the next couple weeks.

Ribbon curbs: Ribbon curbs are being poured on the west side of 1st Avenue SW heading north.
Upcoming Announcements
Scrim Pool: The scrim pool walls will be poured this week.
Treeboxes: Bolander continues to install more treeboxes on the west side of 1st Avenue.  
Center Street Closure: The intersection of West Center Street and 1st Avenue NW/SW is expected to be re-poured around Tuesday, September 15. 
Business Forward Updates
Downtown Small Business Relief Fund: The Rochester Downtown Alliance announced a generous private donor has stepped up to establish a grant fund to support downtown businesses through this challenging period. Round One applications are now open and close September 18, 2020.The maximum award amount is $20,000 per business.
City of Rochester Utility Assistance Program: utility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000. The deadline is October 16, 2020. Find a status update on the number of applications received so far and funds remaining here.
Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 
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9/8/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week
Tree Planting

Fourteen Regal Prince Oak trees have arrived to the Heart of the City site and are being planted along 1st Avenue SW. A total of 101 trees are set to be planted throughout the project.

Why Regal Prince Oaks? 
We chose columnar species as they work well with the density we are planting them and as potential mitigation from crows perching above people. The city will be trimming the lower limbs when it is safe to do so for the tree (pruning can only occur certain times of the year). Dense urban trees are known to draw more people into areas they are planted. Heart of the City phase one was designed to have ample/beautiful street trees and in this case we are also expanding walkability and seating that will encourage more people to come to the Heart of the City.
How will the trees stay healthy?
The trees are planted in soil cells, also called tree boxes. Soil cells are used to ensure the health of trees in urban areas. The use of them reduces soil compaction in urban planting that can otherwise be detrimental to tree growth and health. Soil cells allow for us to use a soil type that is also better for stormwater management as it can absorb and filter the stormwater that is being diverted from the sidewalks and street before it goes into the storm sewer system, and ultimately, the Zumbro River.
Upcoming Announcements
Scrim Pool: The scrim pool walls will be poured this week, the first of five pours.
Treeboxes: More soil cells (treeboxes) will be installed near Peace Plaza. 

Center Street Closure: The intersection of West Center Street and 1st Avenue NW/SW will be closed to east/west traffic and turns from West Center Street onto northbound 1st Avenue NW. Southbound traffic on 1st Avenue NW will be able to turn right onto westbound West Center Street. This planned closure will be in effect until September 14, 2020.

Business Forward Updates

City of Rochester Update: The City of Rochester’s License Grant Program, which provides grants to local business license holders in the areas of liquor businesses, massage therapy, taxi cab franchises, and trade and contractor businesses, is still available. As of September 3rd, there were still $290,000 left in CARES funds which can be distributed. The new deadline to apply is September 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. There are approximately 110 businesses that would qualify who have yet to applyutility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000. The deadline is October 16, 2020. 

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 

8/31/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Utilities: A major milestone: With the connection of water service to the Wells Fargo building, all deep utility work at the Heart of the City is complete.2nd Street Reopened: 2nd Street opened on Friday, August 21. The parking lane on the north side of 2nd Street SW from Broadway Avenue to 1st Avenue SW will be closed to allow a space for pedestrian access around construction activities. Two-way traffic is open through this area.

Scrim Pool: Footings have all been poured for the scrim pool.  

1st Avenue Ribbon Curb: Ribbon curb is being poured on 1st Ave. SW. This is a critical step forward. Once it’s poured on both sides, trees can be planted and pavers can be installed. 

Upcoming Announcements
Center Street Closure: The intersection of West Center Street and 1st Avenue NW/SW will be closed to east/west traffic and turns from West Center Street onto northbound 1st Avenue NW. Southbound traffic on 1st Avenue NW will be able to turn right onto westbound West Center Street. This planned closure will be in effect until September 14, 2020.
Scrim Pool: The scrim pool’s walls will be poured over the next two weeks.   
Business Forward Updates

Keep It Local Grants: The City of Rochester has approved up to $225,000 in CARES funding to support small business through a second round of the Keep It Local Grant Program. The grant application is now open. The maximum grant amount is $10,000. Apply through the Rochester Downtown Alliance hereCity of Rochester Update: The City of Rochester has several programs available for businesses as part of its CARES Act funding:

utility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000. The deadline is October 16, 2020.

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 

8/24/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

2nd Street Reopened: A major milestone: 2nd Street is now open. The parking lane on the north side of 2nd Street SW from Broadway Avenue to 1st Avenue SW will be closed to allow a space for pedestrian access around construction activities. Two-way traffic will be open through this area.Scrim Pool: The scrim fountain footings are in the ground.

Sitework and Utilities: Water main and storm sewer were installed on 1st Avenue.  

1st Avenue Treeboxes: The treeboxes have been installed in 1st Avenue and now, material is being placed on top of them.  

North Broadway Sanitary Sewer Project Reopened: North Broadway Avenue has reopened. Find more information on the project here.

Upcoming Announcements
Center Street Closure: The intersection of West Center Street and 1st Avenue NW/SW will be closed to east/west traffic and turns from West Center Street onto northbound 1st Avenue NW. Southbound traffic on 1st Avenue NW will be able to turn right onto westbound West Center Street. This planned closure will be in effect until September 14, 2020.
Scrim Pool: Concrete for the scrim pool footings will be poured Tuesday.  
Business Forward Updates

Rochester Downtown Alliance – Keep It Local Grants: The Rochester Downtown Alliance will be administering another round of Keep It Local Grants. Stay tuned for more information on applications.City of Rochester Update: The City of Rochester has several programs available for businesses as part of its CARES Act funding:

utility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000.

The City of Rochester’s License Grant Program will award funds to local businesses who are licensed through the City Clerk’s Office.

Olmsted County Small Business Relief Grants: Applications are now open for small business grants through the Olmsted County Small Business Relief Fund. The $4 million grant program is funded through the CARES Act and is being administered by Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI).

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 


8/17/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Sanitary Sewer Connection: Sanitary Sewer connection was made on Center Street. Street closure had been planned for Monday-Friday, but the job was completed in time for the street to open two days early on Wednesday.Scrim Pool: The below grade piping was completed last week. 

Treebox Installation: The installation of treeboxes on the east side of the block on 1st Ave. SW is nearly complete. 

2nd Street Paving: Concrete was poured from Broadway to the crosswalk at 1st Avenue SW.

North Broadway Sanitary Sewer Project Reopened: A lane in each direction is now open on North Broadway Avenue from 1st to 3rd Street NW. Find more information on the project here.

Upcoming Announcements

2nd Street Paving: The intersection of 2nd Street and 1st Avenue SW is expected to be poured next week. Targeted reopening date is August 24.

Scrim Pool: Footing forms are going into the hole and are anticipated to be poured next week. 

Key Dates
August 24, 2020: Planned reopening of 2nd Street SW
Business Forward Updates

City of Rochester Update: The City of Rochester has announced new programs as part of its CARES Act funding:utility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000.

The City of Rochester’s License Grant Program will award funds to local businesses who are licensed through the City Clerk’s Office.

Olmsted County Small Business Relief Grants: Applications are now open for small business grants through the Olmsted County Small Business Relief Fund. The $4 million grant program is funded through the CARES Act and is being administered by Rochester Area Economic Development, Inc. (RAEDI).

Rochester International Airport (RST) Update: RST announced Monday new non-stop service between Denver International Airport (DEN) and RST. The service begins October 1, 2020.

Additionally, RST is holding a virtual public meeting about its Master Plan on Monday, August 24 from 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. The meeting will address the recommended development plan resulting from its master planning process. Register here.

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8/10/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Scrim Pool: Great progress was made on the Scrim Pool in Peace Plaza, with return piping laid and started forming footings. Treebox Installation: More progress was made on the installation of treeboxes on 1st Avenue NW. These are similar to milk crates and provide structural capacity for soil and trees. The treeboxes will allow the roots to grow through and also provide support for the sidewalk and curb. 

2nd Street Paving: Concrete has started to be poured on 2nd Street.

Upcoming Announcements

2nd Street Paving: Paving crews will move toward the 1st Avenue intersection with plans to reopen 2nd Street August 23.  

Scrim Pool: The footings for the Scrim Pool’s foundation will be poured and and the walls will be formed next week.

Key Dates
August 13, 2020: Planned reopening of North Broadway Avenue Sanitary Sewer Project

August 23, 2020: Planned reopening of 2nd Street SW

Business Forward Updates

City of Rochester Update: The City of Rochester has announced new programs as part of its CARES Act funding:utility assistance program administered by Rochester Public Utilities will offer 50 percent off of qualifying small businesses’ utility bills up to $5,000.

The City of Rochester’s License Grant Program will award funds to local businesses who are licensed through the City Clerk’s Office.

Olmsted County Update: The Olmsted County Board of Commissioners has announced its plans for $19.1 million in CARES Act funding.

Rochester Downtown Alliance Updates: The Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) has distributed a survey for feedback on its annual Summer Sale. If you did not receive a link to complete the survey, contact Karli McElroy at [email protected].

The RDA recently released statistics from the Clean and Safe Ambassador Program’s first month. For example, ambassadors disinfected 1,428 pieces of infrastructure.

The RDA is working to promote the American Express Shop Small program, where Amex customers can spend $10 at a small business and get a $5 credit up to 10 times.

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 

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8/3/2020:

 

What You See: Progress This Week

Scrim Pool Prep: Now that the installation of storm sewer in Peace Plaza is complete, the fountain contractor is onsite to subcut the area. It’s removing dirt to make room for the scrim pool’s foundation. This is a big step toward putting Peace Plaza back together. Treebox Installation:  Treeboxes are beginning to be installed along 1st Ave. NW. These are similar to milk crates and provide structural capacity for soil and trees. The treeboxes will allow the roots to grow through and also provide support for the sidewalk and curb. 

Upcoming Announcements

2nd Street Reopening: Another big milestone ahead, as concrete will begin to be poured on 2nd Street SW next week. 2nd Street SW is expected to be fully reopened by the end of August. 

Scrim Pool: The Peace Plaza scrim pool’s foundation will start being poured next week.

Business Forward Updates
Mask Distribution Event: The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce will receive almost 150,000 masks from the State to distribute to businesses and non-profits in Olmsted County. They are holding a Mask Up Rochester mask distribution event on Monday, August 3 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the 125 LIVE lower lot for you to pick up masks for customers and employees. 

Rochester Ready has also received reusable cloth masks. They will be distributed throughout the community and to businesses that have made the Rochester Ready pledge.City of Rochester Update: Rochester City Council will vote on Monday, August 3 on the designation of CARES Act funding to support small businesses. $500,000 is being proposed for a utility assistance program and $250,000 is being proposed for additional Keep It Local grant funding.  See pages 497-498 of the August 3, 2020 City Council Meeting packet for more information.

Olmsted County Update: The Olmsted County Board of Commissioners will vote Tuesday on its designation of CARES Act Funding. Of $19.1 million, it plans to designate $5 million to economic support for organizations affected by COVID-19: $4 million for small businesses and $1 million for non-profit organizations.

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 


 

7/27/2020:

 

What You See: Progress This Week

Peace Plaza Storm Sewer: The installation of storm sewer in Peace Plaza is now complete. 2nd Street Concrete Prep: 2nd Street was prepared for concrete to be poured next week. 

Upcoming Announcements

2nd Street Reopening: 2nd Street SW between S. Broadway Ave. and 1st Ave. SW is anticipated to reopen August 23. The rest of 2nd Street SW, from S. Broadway Ave. to Civic Center Drive, is expected to reopen August 15. 

Treebox Installation: Jersey barriers along the East side of 1st Avenue SW were removed and replaced with chainlink fencing. Excavation to make room for the treeboxes will be completed next week.  

Scrim Pool Installation: Peace Plaza is starting to be put back together, beginning with the scrim pool installation.  
Business Forward Updates

Mask Mandate Webinar: The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting another Path Forward webinar on Wednesday, July 29 at 3:00 p.m. Topics will include the parameters of the new mask mandate in Minnesota, how, when and if to engage with law enforcement, and tips and tools to help customers understand the mandate’s importance.Mask Distribution: Rochester Ready will be receiving reusable cloth masks. They will be distributed throughout the community and to businesses that have made the Rochester Ready pledge.

Additionally, The Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce still has masks available to distribute to businesses. It is also receiving 146,000 more masks from the State of Minnesota and will be hosting distribution events after they are delivered.
Experience Rochester Information Booth: Experience Rochester is operating an information booth on the west end of Peace Plaza, near the Gonda Building.

CARES Act Funding: The Rochester City Council has approved a plan for investing $5.1 million dollars in Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Funding. Some of the projects and initiatives include economic recovery for small businesses, Civic Center repositioning, non-profit support, and COVID-19 response for diverse populations. Learn more here, or find the detail plan on page 278 of the City Council July 20 meeting packet. 

Pedestrian wayfinding: White Space is working to create additional fence signs facing the Galleria that have more directional arrows. Other signs will be posted near the new information booth on Peace Plaza. They are expected to be ready early next week.

Mayo Clinic Update: Mayo Clinic is seeing an increasing number of patients from across the country return to the Rochester campus for appointments. It is helping patients prepare for their visit with extra information on how to travel safely during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Rochester Ready initiative, and how to use Mayo Clinic concierge services.

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 

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7/20/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: The vault is now completely waterproofed and backfilled.Alley Work: Minnesota Energy completed alley and 2nd Street gas installation.

Peace Plaza Storm Sewer: Work began this week on installing the storm sewer in Peace Plaza and will be completed next week.

Upcoming Announcements

2nd Street Concrete Prep: 2nd Street is being prepared for concrete to be re-poured during the middle of next week.

Treebox Installation: Jersey barriers along the East side of 1st Avenue SW were removed and replaced with chainlink fencing. The area will be excavated to make room for the treeboxes next week.  

Scrim Pool Preparation: A big milestone is coming up: Peace Plaza will be subcut next week in preparation for work on the scrim pool to begin. 
Business Forward Updates

Experience Rochester Information Booth: Experience Rochester is operating an information booth on the west end of Peace Plaza, near the Gonda Building.Pedestrian wayfinding: Additional signs and banners have been installed on the side of the 100 1st Ave. building, in the skyways, and throughout the project site.

Construction impact map: The City of Rochester Public Works department has developed an interactive web map application to inform the public of major impacts to roads, pedestrian facilities, and parking. The tool also provides general information on City of Rochester sponsored projects that are currently or planned to be under construction. Find the application here

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 

7/14/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Sanitary Sewer: A big milestone this week: Sanitary sewage work has been connected to the siphon project across S. Broadway Ave. This means all of the building services on 2nd Street will be able to be connected into the permanent pipe and send it toward Broadway Avenue.   Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: The vault was waterproofed up to its lid and backfilled halfway up the walls.

Alley Work: Minnesota Energy continues work in the alley.

Upcoming Announcements

Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: The top of the vault will be waterproofed and then temporary sidewalk will be poured over its top. This means the sidewalk will again make a full loop around the East side of Peace Plaza.  

Removal of Jersey Barriers: Jersey barriers along the East side of 1st Avenue SW will be removed and replaced with chainlink fencing, making room for the treeboxes to be installed and trees to be planted.

Storm Sewer: More stormwater pipes will be installed on 1st Ave. SW heading toward Peace Plaza at which point work on the scrim pool can begin.

Business Forward Updates

Rochester Ready Update: Rochester Ready has expressed its support of the City of Rochester’s new citywide face covering requirement in indoor public spaces. It updated the Rochester Ready pledge for businesses and is reprinting posters to reflect the change, which are expected to be ready for distribution early next week. Partner organizations are also working on producing additional education video and materials on mask-wearing and other safety measures.Pedestrian wayfinding: Yellow fence caps have been installed on top of the chainlink fences surrounding the pedestrian walkways. Additional signage has been installed throughout the project site and in the skyways.

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 

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7/2/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: The vault’s lid was poured Wednesday, July 1.Alley Work: Minnesota Energy has started work in the alley.

Upcoming Announcements

Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: The vault will be waterproofed next week and backfilled so that the temporary sidewalk can be poured back toward the end of the week. 

Sanitary Sewer: The siphon project across the street will provide a connection to their work next week. At that point, all of the building services on 2nd Street will be able to be connected into the permanent pipe and send it toward Broadway Avenue– a big milestone.  

Storm Sewer: Work is progressing from the intersection of 2nd Street and 1st Avenue, north toward Peace Plaza. The goal is to make the connection to existing storm pipe that carries water from the Gonda Building and Kahler and send it through the new piping to Broadway Ave.

Business Forward Updates

Rochester Moms Blog Scavenger Hunt: Look for more families walking around the Heart of the City, as Rochester Moms Blog and DMC launched a new construction site scavenger hunt. Families can stop by the construction office to turn in their completed hunt and pick up a Kraus-Anderson construction hat for kids. Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business.

Curbside Pickup Extension: Access to the north curbside pickup on 1st Ave. SW will remain open until July 15.

6/29/2020:

6/22/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Rock Trencher Finishes Work: The rock trencher completed its work on Tuesday, June 9 and was removed from the site.

Sanitary Pipe Installation: Sanitary pipe installation continued on 1st Avenue SW heading toward the 2nd Street SW intersection, and on 2nd Street SW heading from Broadway to 1st Ave.

Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: Excavation was completed and underground plumbing and waterproofing was installed. The vault’s base pad was also poured.

Upcoming Announcements

Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: Work will continue with pouring the vault’s walls and installing mechanical, electrical and plumbing sleeves through the walls.

Sitework and Utilities: Sanitary pipe installation will continue on 1st Ave. and 2nd Street SW next week.    

2nd Street Opening Estimate: 2nd Street between 1st Ave. SW and Broadway Ave. S. is expected to reopen around mid-August.   

Business Forward Updates

Rochester Ready Initiative: Rochester Ready is a new initiative from City of Rochester, DMC Economic Development Agency, Experience Rochester, Mayo Clinic, Olmsted County and the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. The launch program for Rochester Ready is a hospitality safety pledge for restaurants, retailers and lodging properties called “Rochester Ready Safe.” Businesses that sign the pledge are committing to implementing a specific set of measures to provide a safe experience. Learn more here. Additional wayfinding signage: White Space is producing additional wayfinding signage, floor stickers, banners, and fencing that will help direct people toward businesses. 

Business Hours: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 with any updates to business hours, or to help coordinate deliveries to your business.

Curbside Pickup Extension: Access to the north curbside pickup on 1st Ave. SW will remain open until July 15.

6/15/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Rock Trencher Finishes Work: The rock trencher completed its work on Tuesday, June 9.

Drill Rig on Site: The drill rig is onsite installing vertical pipes into the rock to stabilize the 36″ storm pipe which will take water from the Kahler Hotel and Gonda Building. In order to construct the vault, this pipe had to be stabilized in order to prevent the joints from breaking apart during heavy rain events.

Sanitary Pipe Installation: Sanitary pipe installation continues on 1st Avenue. SW heading toward the 2nd Street SW intersection. The trench box sits on rock and the rock trencher already came through and carved a 3′ wide groove through the rock to now install the pipe.

Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: Existing storm retention was completed on the Peace Plaza equipment vault.

Upcoming Announcements

Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: Work will continue with installation of underground utilities, completing waterproofing slab work, forming and pouring the base, and forming walls. 

Sitework and Utilities: A utility crew will be working from Broadway Ave. to the west starting Monday, June 15.   

2nd Street Opening Estimate: 2nd Street between 1st Ave. SW and Broadway Ave. S. is expected to reopen around mid-August.   

Business Forward Updates

COVID-19 Sidewalk Cafe Expansion Grant: Rochester Downtown Alliance announced a new grant program in response to the Mayor’s amended emergency order regarding bars and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant is aimed at assisting downtown bars and restaurants during this time with fixtures, furniture, and equipment (FFE) for additional outdoor pedestrian space through expansion of street-level sidewalk cafes. The maximum amount of grant funding a business may receive is $2,000. Find more information here.Clean and Safe Ambassador Program Update: The cleaning component of the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Clean and Safe Ambassador Program is set to launch July 1. Daily cleaning services like sanitizing high touch areas of public spaces, power washing sidewalks, and picking up litter will be performed by a team of Clean Ambassadors. Learn more here.  

Reminder – Business Deliveries: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 to help coordinate deliveries to your business.

Curbside Pickup Extension: Access to the north curbside pickup on 1st Ave. SW will remain open until July 15.

6/5/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Rock Trencher Continues Work: The rock trencher will continue work removing rock for placement of the sanitary sewer. On Saturday it will work on 2nd Street SW. Preparation is also underway with the trench boxes, getting ready to run the sanitary line heading south on 1st Ave. SW.

Vault Excavation: Excavation of the Peace Plaza equipment vault continued this week.Sitework and Utilities: Sanitary structure was installed on 1st Ave SW.

Upcoming Announcements

Peace Plaza Equipment Vault: Work will continue on installation of underground utilities, completing waterproofing, pouring the base, and forming walls. 

Pedestrian walkways: Pedestrian traffic flow during the week of June 8 will be the same as the previous week of June 5. 

Business Forward Updates
COVID-19 Sidewalk Cafe Expansion Grant: Rochester Downtown Alliance announced a new grant program in response to the Mayor’s amended emergency order regarding bars and restaurants during the COVID-19 pandemic. This grant is aimed at assisting downtown bars and restaurants during this time with fixtures, furniture, and equipment (FFE) for additional outdoor pedestrian space through expansion of street-level sidewalk cafes. The maximum amount of grant funding a business may receive is $2,000. Find more information here.
Clean and Safe Ambassador Program Update: The cleaning component of the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Clean and Safe Ambassador Program is set to launch July 1. Daily cleaning services like sanitizing high touch areas of public spaces, power washing sidewalks, and picking up litter will be performed by a team of Clean Ambassadors. Learn more here.  Reminder – Business Deliveries: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 

 

 


5/29/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Rock Trencher Continues Work: The rock trencher has been successful at the project site since it began last week. It “trenched” down 1st Ave. SW from Peace Plaza to 2nd Street SW in less than a week. Starting next Tuesday, it will work on 2nd Street SW starting from S. Broadway Ave. and moving toward 1st Ave SW. View a video about the rock trencher and its work at Heart of the City here.

Vault excavation: Excavation for the scrim pool vault on Peace Plaza began this week and will continue next week.
Upcoming Announcements

S. Broadway Ave. Lane Shift: A lane shift on S. Broadway Ave. between 1st and 3rd Streets SE/SW is in effect. Southbound traffic is shifted into northbound lanes, with one travel lane in each direction. This is expected to be in effect until approximately June 3rd, at which point both lanes will be shifted into the southbound lanes for approximately four weeks for a Public Works project. Both lanes will be shifted back into the northbound lanes for another four weeks for the public works project before returning to normal traffic patterns.

Business Forward Updates

Mayo Clinic Update: Erin Sexton, director of community engagement at Mayo Clinic, provided an update related to patient activity. The Rochester campus has been seeing an increase in patient activity in the past couple weeks, with patients from all 50 states scheduling appointments. She added that Mayo Clinic is finding that patients want to see consistent, visible signs of safety and sanitation procedures both at Mayo Clinic and at hotels, restaurants, and stores, such as people actively cleaning spaces and signage detailing cleaning protocols.Clean and Safe Ambassador Program Update: The cleaning component of the Rochester Downtown Alliance’s Clean and Safe Ambassador Program is set to launch July 1. Daily cleaning services like sanitizing high touch areas of public spaces, power washing sidewalks, and picking up litter will be performed by a team of Clean Ambassadors. Learn more here.

Masks Available: The Chamber of Commerce has masks available to businesses who need some. E-Mail Kathleen Harrington at [email protected] for more information.

Webinars for Restaurants and Bars: The Chamber of Commerce is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, June 2 at 3:00 p.m. on steps restaurants and bars can take to reopen their outdoor dining in a safe manner. You can also view a recording of Destination Medical Center’s recent webinar on the safe reopening of retail and restaurants here.

Reminder – Business Deliveries: Please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 


5/22/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Rock Trencher Begins Work: The rock trencher was mobilized last week and began work this Tuesday. The rock trencher is a unique piece of equipment and was selected because of its ability to increase production and shorten the construction timeline. To date, the trencher has done its job: in three days, it has completed approximately 190 feet of trench through about 6-7 feet of rock. The original production rate was anticipated to be 10-20 feet per day.

You will also notice that the grinding associated with this machine is much quieter than the hammering associated with traditional methods. Though the noise may be unpleasant, the team is achieving its goals of reducing the timeline and minimizing the noise associated with this work. View a video of the rock trencher here.

Upcoming Announcements

Pedestrian Access – 2nd Street Intersection: There may be increased congestion over the next five weeks at the intersection of 2nd Street SW and 1st Ave. SW (see map below – designated with red cloud shape). In order to assist with this period, we are committed to assisting pedestrians in way finding to reach their destinations. In addition to way finding signage posted throughout the site, we will have an individual stationed at the intersection to assist pedestrians and the project team will keep businesses informed of upcoming changes.

S. Broadway Ave. Lane Shift: A lane shift on S. Broadway Ave. between 1st and 3rd Streets SE/SW is in effect. Southbound traffic is shifted into northbound lanes, with one travel lane in each direction. This is expected to be in effect until approximately June 3rd, at which point both lanes will be shifted into the southbound lanes for approximately four weeks for a Public Works project. Both lanes will be shifted back into the northbound lanes for another four weeks for the public works project before returning to normal traffic patterns.

Vault excavation: Excavation for the scrim pool vault begins Tuesday on Peace Plaza. (See map below for the location – designated with red solid rectangle.) 

Business Forward Updates
Reminder – Business Deliveries: As more businesses reopen, please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 to help coordinate deliveries to your business. 

5/15/2020:

rock trencherWhat You See: Progress This Week

Rock Trencher Arrival: The rock trencher arrived onsite Wednesday and was assembled in order to begin work Monday, May 18 (see picture on the right). It will begin on 1st Ave. SW.

Sitework and Utilities: Installed sanitary sewer in Peace Plaza and installed storm sewer on 2nd Street SW.

Upcoming Announcements

New flexible walkways: Two new flexible walkways are being installed Friday, May 15: One across 1st Ave. SW between the corner near Lasker Jewelers to the Wells Fargo entrance, and one across Peace Plaza between Wells Fargo and Primp Boutique. (see pedestrian map below).

The walkway across 1st Ave. SW between Salute Wine Bar and Primp Boutique will not be accessible next week as the rock trencher begins work in that area.

S. Broadway Ave. Lane Shift: Starting Thursday, May 21, southbound traffic on S. Broadway Ave. will be shifted east, between Center Street and just past the project site on 2nd Street SW. This lane shift will be in effect for about eight days. 

Business Forward Updates

COVID-19 Safety Supplies: The Rochester Strong App announced it will be updating the app with information to help businesses find COVID-19 related supplies, such as hand sanitizer and masks. Additionally, Majestic Tents is selling and renting hand sanitizing stations and selling hand sanitizer by the half gallon. Contact [email protected] or call 507-876-1127 to purchase.

New curbside pickup locations: Two additional curbside pickup locations are being added Friday, May 15: one along S. Broadway Ave. next to the Shops at University Square and another along 2nd Ave. SW, next to the Kahler Hotel near the Gonda Building roundabout.

Reminder – Business Deliveries: As more businesses reopen, please contact Troy Dale, project superintendent, at 701-430-4010 to help coordinate deliveries to your business.

Rochester Downtown Alliance Quarterly Update: Rochester Downtown Alliance (RDA) held its quarterly stakeholder update on Wednesday, May 13. View a recording of the presentation here.

 


5/8/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

1st Ave. Sub Cut

Peace Plaza waterline: The waterline was installed in Peace Plaza and the connection to Chateau Theatre will be made the evening of Friday, May 8.

Preparation for Rock Trencher: Crews dug a sub cut down 1st Ave. SW in preparation for the rock trencher’s work (see picture on the right.) The rock trencher will carve a trench down the road for the sanitary sewer to be placed in.

Sidewalk Reopened: The sidewalk in front of the Chateau Theatre is open again.

Upcoming Announcements
New flexible walkways: Two more pedestrian walkways will begin to be installed. One will run across 1st Ave. SW from the corner near Lasker Jewlers to the area near the Wells Fargo building entrance. The other will cross the east side of Peace Plaza, from the Wells Fargo entrance to the corner near Primp Boutique.
Rock trencher exampleRock Trencher on Site: The rock trencher will be brought on-site May 11 and takes about a week to set up. The trenching work could begin May 18. (see picture on the left for an example of what the machinery looks like.) The rock trencher will accelerate the rock removal process and is not as loud as other alternatives. The trencher will begin work on 1st Ave. SW, then move to 2nd Street SW. 

Business Forward Updates

Business Webinars: Destination Medical Center recently hosted the Road to Recovery webinar series, covering a variety of topics related to safely reopening key sectors of our economy. View each webinar in its entirety here. Additionally, the Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting a webinar series, “Path Forward,” for businesses on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 2:00 p.m. 

Clean and Safe Ambassador Program: The Rochester Downtown Alliance is hoping to launch its new Clean and Safe Ambassador Program approximately four weeks after the Stay at Home order in Minnesota is lifted. The ambassadors will focus on cleaning duties throughout the downtown area. 

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5/1/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Water Service Connections: The Marriott/1st Ave. SW water main and the Chateau/Peace Plaza water main will be connected Friday, May 1 at 5 p.m.

Marriott Temporary Drive: Paving of the temporary drive at the Marriott hotel was completed Thursday, which means public traffic and construction activities are now separated from one another.

Good News – University Square Sanitary Manhole: There was going to be intrusive sanitary work at the front entrance of University Square. However, a solution was discovered to re-use an existing manhole at University Square. This is good news, as it will save about one week of work and no longer requires the digging of another 14-foot hole at the entrance of University Square. The sanitary line along Peace Plaza will be installed sooner than anticipated.

Upcoming Announcements

Water shutdown in 100 1st/Odd Fellows Building: Water will be shut down in the 100 1st Ave. SW/Odd Fellows building either May 7th or May 8th as part of work to remove the Marriott watermain connection. 2nd Street Flexible Walkway: The flexible pedestrian walkway at 2nd Street SW and 1st Ave. SW will be installed Monday, May 4.  

1st Ave. SW Flexible Walkway – North Side: The flexible pedestrian walkway on 1st Ave. SW on the north end of the block will be poured next week and opened for use May 11. (This will connect the west side of Peace Plaza near Lasker Jewelers to the other side of 1st Ave. near Wells Fargo Bank.)

Rock trencher exampleRock Trencher on Site: The rock trencher will be brought on-site May 11, and could begin trenching May 18. (see picture on the left for an example of what the machinery looks like.) The rock trencher will accelerate the rock removal process and is not as loud as other alternatives. 

City Loop Project Begins May 4: Phase One of the City Loop construction begins on May 4 to improve bicycle safety and access in downtown Rochester. Construction will begin with curb and gutter and pedestrian ramp work along 3rd Avenue SW and 4th Avenue SW from 6th Street SW to Civic Center Drive NW. Find project details here.   

Business Forward Updates
Curbside pickup: Project managers are working with area businesses to help facilitate curbside pick-up locations as more businesses begin re-opening. 

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4/24/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

Peace Fountain being moved into storage

Removal of Peace Fountain: Peace Fountain was successfully removed and placed into storage. It will be restored and reinstalled in Peace Plaza. The Heart of the City design team is working with the Charles E. Gagnon Museum to understand the original intent of the fountain and to maintain Charles Gagnon’s vision for his work. 

2nd Street Closure: 2nd Street SW between 1st Ave. SW and S. Broadway Avenue was closed Monday, April 20 and will remain closed through late summer. Sidewalks are still accessible. Starting May 4, pedestrians will also be able to cross 2nd street at the 1st Ave. SW intersection. This closure accommodates improvements to the deep utility and sewer, supporting the continued growth of Rochester. 

Waterline completion: The waterline was completed from Peace Plaza to 2nd Street SW. This allowed crews to create the temporary turnaround solution for vehicular traffic at the Marriott Hotel and dock access that will remain in place for the duration of construction.

Peace Plaza under constructionUpcoming Announcements

Water Main in Peace Plaza: As work on the water main under Peace Plaza continues, access to the sidewalk in front of the Chateau Theatre will be restricted April 27 – May 6. A flexible walkway will across 1st Ave SW at Peace Plaza will be installed April 24.

Sanitary Structure in Peace Plaza: Excavation for a new sanitary structure under Peace Plaza will affect portions of the East side of Peace Plaza approximately May 11 – June 12.

Scrim Pool Vault Excavation: The vault that will serve water service for the new scrim pool at Peace Plaza will be located on the East end of the plaza close to Luxe and Chester’s. Crews plan to work on the excavation from May 4 – July 3.

North food pick-up

Business Forward Updates

Curb-side Pick-Up Site at Victoria’s: There are now five parking spots that are available for additional retail and food pick up signs marking designated parking for picking up carryout at the North end of 1st Ave. SW.

Alley Access: With the closure of 2nd Street SW between 1st Ave. SW and S. Broadway Ave., construction managers are working individually with businesses and delivery drivers who need access to the adjacent alley. Contact Kraus-Anderson Project Superintendent Troy Dale at 701-430-4010 with questions related to alley access.

 

 

 

 

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4/17/2020:

What You See: Progress This Week

1st Ave. SW Water Main Install: Crews started the installation of the water main on 1st Avenue SW at 8’ down from grade.

Peace Plaza / 1st Ave.: Crews completed Peace Plaza foundations and removed the Experience Rochester information kiosk and plaza lighting.

Peace Fountain Removal: Crews have disassembled Peace Fountain and moved it offsite for refurbishing. The fountain will be reinstalled in Peace Plaza at a later stage of the project. The Heart of the City team thanks Arlyn Gagnon and the Charles E. Gagnon Museum and Sculpture Garden for their support of the fountain’s refurbishing and its important presence in the Heart of the City.

Upcoming Announcements
2nd Street SW Closed: Starting Monday, April 20, 2nd Street SW between S. Broadway Ave. and 1st Ave. SW will be closed until later this summer to upgrade utilities.
Other Updates

Construction crews will continue to practice best social distancing techniques needed to ensure effective and safe conditions for construction. Learn more about social distancing and other safety measures at construction sites from DMC’s recent webinar, Construction Safety in a COVID-19 Environment.

In a continued effort to support local businesses, Kraus-Anderson continues to update the site phasing and circulation plan to best accommodate pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the site.

Site fencing is completed. Additional wayfinding signage will be added to the fecning once stay-in-place orders are changed.

Temporary lighting is installed at the site to provide additional visibility for pedestrians.

Traffic barriers are being adjusted to better accommodate turn-around and drop-off at the Marriott Hotel.

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4/3/2020:

Heart of the City Project Offers Opportunity During COVID-19 Pandemic

Construction Set to Begin on April 13

Heart of the City Phase One Rendering

The first phase of Destination Medical Center’s Heart of the City public realm project, a renovation of Peace Plaza and surrounding areas, is set to begin construction April 13, 2020. Moving forward with the project will utilize local businesses and promote employment in a challenging economy. The new design will create active, engaging experiences for residents, visitors and patients in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota.

Heart of the City Phase 1 is focused on the redevelopment of three areas in the heart of downtown Rochester: East side of Peace Plaza, 1st Ave. SW between 2nd Street SW and W. Center Street and the adjacent alleys. The updates will provide enhanced safety measures, including curbless streets, and provide greater accessibility for people of all abilities. Movable seating options will allow for a variety of public programming. The addition of more trees as well as interactive art displays and water features will create a family-friendly space to gather in the downtown area.

To prepare for construction, traffic barriers will be placed on 1st Ave. SW between 2nd Street SW and W. Center Street and on the East side of Peace Plaza on Monday, April 6, 2020. Pedestrian access will be maintained to all businesses within the construction zone. There will be vehicular access to the Marriott Hotel valet and Mayo Clinic loading area.

The upcoming construction also includes a collaboration with Rochester Public Works to replace and realign the sanitary sewer from under the Shops at University Square and 2nd Street SW between 1st Ave. and S. Broadway Ave. This provides additional capacity for continued development and supports long-term maintenance of the sewer system. Traffic barriers will be placed on 2nd Street SW between S. Broadway Ave. and 1st Ave. SW on Monday, April 20, 2020 in preparation for the sanitary sewer replacement.

Key Project Dates

Monday, April 6, 2020        Pre-construction site preparation, including traffic barriers placed on 1st Ave. SW between 2nd Street SW and W. Center Street and on the East side of Peace Plaza

Monday, April 13, 2020      Heart of the City Phase 1 construction begins

Monday, April 20, 2020      Traffic barriers placed on 2nd Street SW between S. Broadway Ave. and 1st Ave. SW

“As Rochester and the rest of the nation deal with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, Destination Medical Center is working collaboratively with various community organizations to assist with economic stability in Rochester,” said Lisa Clarke, executive director, DMC Economic Development Agency. “Advancing the Heart of the City project is one way to achieve this in the short term.”

“Heart of the City construction will create jobs, support many local businesses and help sustain the local trades industry. This project and others within the DMC district will be important for Rochester’s economic recovery,” said Rochester Mayor Kim Norton.

Project leaders are working with construction manager Kraus-Anderson to determine which phases of construction can be accelerated in the coming weeks while many businesses in Rochester remain closed. Additionally, project leaders are assisting businesses that remain open during the pandemic to meet their needs.

Safety is a top priority on the Heart of the City construction site. Kraus-Anderson has implemented stringent social distancing and other elevated safety protocol on construction job sites, details of which can be found here.

Heart of the City Phase 1 construction will implement DMC’s Business Forward Strategy, developed in partnership with the City of Rochester, Rochester Downtown Alliance, and Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce. This means decisions will be made throughout the construction process to prioritize and accommodate businesses’ and customers’ needs. For example, contractors will provide clear paths to businesses, ample lighting and wayfinding signage and consistent sound and dust mitigation. Additionally, project leaders plan to introduce new public programming to keep the plaza active during construction.

Weekly updates on construction progress will be posted on the DMC website and a dedicated hotline has been established: 507-328-2021.

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