Historic preservation remains top of mind for some of those following DMC and the DMC Corporation Board of Governors. At this morning’s public comment period, one person implored the board to watch closely the “power brokers” in Rochester and Minnesota, who are looking to profit from downtown development.
“Be aware of the motivations of the power brokers,” she said. “We feel that we are being rolled over.”
Citing the Connolly Building on Fourth Ave, the visitor admonished that public officials should take a more vigilant and proactive role in preserving Rochester’s historical buildings and landmarks.
“I believe that this board is sincere about historical preservation,” she said.
Board members, including Rochester Mayor Ardell Brede, affirmed the visitor’s desire to preserve local history, but challenged her assertion that not enough is being done in this regard.
Brede called attention to efforts currently underway to preserve and enhance buildings throughout downtown Rochester, including:
- Former Senior Center – “the castle building”
- Chateau Theatre
- Connolly Building
DMC Corporation Board Chair Tina Smith, also affirmed the desire to preserve local history. January’s DMC Corporation Board meeting is slated to have a full discussion about historic preservation and how the DMC Corporation can help, she said.
“I’m very much looking forward to that discussion,” Smith said.