Rochester Downtown Master Plan

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The Rochester Downtown Master Plan is the culmination of a nearly yearlong collaborative effort by the City of Rochester, the Mayo Clinic, the University of Minnesota Rochester, the Rochester Downtown Alliance and the Rochester Area Foundation. This unprecedented partnership was created out of a recognition that the future of our community is tied, in large part, to the health and well being of our downtown.


Rochester is in an extremely fortunate position. All of the elements necessary to create a truly exceptional downtown are already in place. We have a well educated and diverse population, a healthy and growing economic base, and a compact, walkable downtown situated in an attractive natural environment. Most importantly, we have public and private institutions committed to maintaining downtown Rochester as the heart of the community.


The Master Plan presents a vision of what downtown can become. The realization of that vision will be the result of thousands of actions made by both the public and private sectors. This Plan, when adopted, will provide direction and guidance to city leaders, downtown stakeholders and all of the individuals and organizations whose decisions will shape the future of downtown. It provides a framework for coordinating and integrating future development in a way that will allow downtown to reach its full potential. The Plan is not a static blueprint. We must constantly evaluate our progress and accomplishments and adjust our course as time passes and circumstances change.

Thank you to the thousands of individuals who completed surveys, participated in roundtable discussions, attended open houses, and contributed comments to the project web site. Your insights, ideas, and constructive criticism were invaluable in the preparation of this Plan. We hope that you will remain actively engaged in making downtown an exciting and vibrant place to work, learn, live, shop, and play as well as a place to heal.

Ardell F. Brede, Mayor City of Rochester

Glenn S. Forbes, Medical Director, Mayo Clinic Office of Community Relations
Stephen W. Lehmkuhle, Chancellor, University of Minnesota Rochester
Christina Tatting, Board President, Rochester Downtown Alliance
Michael McNeil, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Rochester Area Foundation
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