Can you name the six sub-districts that make up DMC district? Do you know what the community is saying about transportation? Do you know who is behind the growing entrepreneurial spirit in Rochester?
The answers to these questions and more are available on the newly redesigned DMC website. Enhancements were made to ensure that the site, like Rochester itself, stays fresh but functional, and that its visitors can easily access the latest information about DMC regardless of the device they are using.
DMC.MN: The new homepage is intended to provide better insight into the nine areas of focus around which the DMC development plan was created.
DMC is in the middle of everywhere – and these nine concepts clearly represent the ideals that constitute the DMC brand. More importantly, they provide a platform with which to share stories about the drivers behind the DMC initiative and how public and private partners and community members are contributing to the DMC vision.
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.
The development activity in each of the DMC District continues to show progress with investment and projects underway at various phases. The Destination Medical Center development plan identifies six sub-districts: Heart of the City, Discovery Square, St. Marys Place, Waterfront, Central Station, and the UMR/Recreation area. Each sub-district is organized around a signature public space and public realm experience.
The Peace Plaza, for example, serves as the signature public space in Heart of the City. Recently, a Request for Qualifications/Proposals process was launched to identify a team to design enhancements to the Heart of the City sub-district. In the next few weeks, a Community Advisory Committee will be established to help steer that design process.
Update on DMC Legislation
DMC has now passed both the House and Senate. The proposal will now proceed to the conference committee. After reconciliation, the bills will come back before each body for final passage before heading to the Governor for approval and his signature into law. While work remains to be done on the DMC proposal, strong support and a commitment to passage this session continues.
The DMC Team, with the help of volunteers in the DMC Speakers Bureau, continues presentations, open houses, forums and visits to service groups, neighborhoods and community organizations to give background information and an opportunity for people to ask questions. To date, over 125 presentations have been given. If your group is interested in a presentation from DMC, please contact the team at [email protected].