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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News) - Rochester city planners have launched an initiative that will serve as a guide for the future of the property that includes the former AMPI dairy.

The 60-acre site being studied is located between 4th and 9th streets SE and Broadway and 3rd Ave. and includes approximately 1,600 feet of Zumbro River frontage.

The former Kmart store site is also located in the area as is the Fullerton parking lot which is owned by Mayo Clinic.The city’s comprehensive plan has identified the area for revitalization. 

Two recent developments triggered the initiative:  the conversion of the Kmart site into a park and ride parking lot and the closure of the dairy. The parking lot plan sparked opposition from residential neighbors before it received final approval.

According to the city, the plan “will include visionary concepts that are people-centric and establish natural and cultural resources within the area. The DWSE SAP will guide transformation of the redevelopment area from its current state to a future mixed-use neighborhood that will have both its own character, as well as authentically reflect the surrounding neighborhoods.” As part of the planning process, community engagement activities are being scheduled.

The City Council could adopt the final plan in early 2021 but it may take years before many of its recommendations materialize.

Cindy Steinhauser, director of the Community Development department shares, “We are excited to partner with surrounding neighborhoods, property owners, Destination Medical Center, Mayo Clinic, and Camegaran to create a new vision for this area.  These 60+ acres are strategically situated between the riverfront, major transportation corridors, downtown and some of Rochester’s oldest, important neighborhoods. This project represents the City Council’s commitment to bridging economic, community and neighborhood development.”

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