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Project Phase Definitions

The following defines the various project phases:

  1. Available - a product, program or service is in production
  2. Develop - program or application is being developed
  3. Plan - idea is solid, stakeholders are identified, and there is strong commitment to go forward from all parties.
  4. Concept Phase - idea scoped out with enough details to give an early sizing and/or to build a proof of concept
  5. Pre-concept Phase - an early idea or a requirement.

The following projects are deemed to impact housing:


America’s City for Health


Led by : DMC EDA
Description Interlocking between DMC, Olmsted County and Rochester City and Community organizations to ensure social impacts are factored into DMC project evaluation process and City Comprehensive Plan (P2S).

Technology Park Affordable Housing

Impacting: Housing: Affordable Rate

Led by : TBD
Description Technology Park Apartments is a 164-unit complex proposed to be built on the north side of Technology Drive Northwest between Valleyhigh Drive and West Circle Drive. Its neighbor to the east would be Benchmark Electronics, 3535 Technology Drive NW, with Costco to the south and Crooked Pint to the west.

Eviction Prevention Project


Led by : Legal Assistance of Olmsted County
Description The Thursday morning clinics at the Olmsted County District Court House are expected to begin in December. In addition to providing legal counsel to those who qualify, Fairbairn Nath said the clinic will also help people determine if there may be sources of public funding to help them.

Mayowood Support Housing

Impacting: Housing: Affordable Rate

Led by : Olmsted County HRA,Center City Housing
Description The project would create 20 to 30 apartments in a building at 1025 Mayowood Road. The facility would cater to people with behavioral health needs, offering access to support programs in addition to living space.

North Rock Real Estate

Impacting: Discovery Square

Led by : North Rock
Description North Rock Real Estate is proposing a 50-unit apartment complex for the former Creative Salon site, located at 324 1st Avenue Southwest. Initial plans call for 25 studio apartments, starting at 375 square feet, along with 20 one-bedroom units and five two-bedroom apartments.

Residence at Discovery Square (Third Ave Lofts Residence at Discovery Square)

Impacting: Housing: Market Rate ; Discovery Square

Led by : The Urban Studio
Description Early tentative plans were presented to Rochester's Committee on Urban Design and Environment in January by the Vinar's architect, Teresa McCormack. McCormack, the owner of The Urban Studio in Rochester, described the complex with an estimated 150 market-rate apartments plus mixed-use commercial space.

Riverwalk Apartment

Impacting: Housing: Market Rate

Led by : North Rock Real Estate
Description "We're proposing to do a very high-end development without any public assistance of any manner," Zirbes said at a planning commission meeting Wednesday night. The development group held two meetings with the East Side Pioneers Neighborhood Association, the last on Sept. 29, and made changes to the plan to reduce density, move the entrance to an underground parking garage, increase setbacks from neighboring properties and add more landscape improvements.

Rochester-Southeast Minnesota Campus for Single Mothers and their Children

Impacting: Family ; C2C: Prenatal-K Development ; C2C: Kindergarten Readiness ; C2C: 3rd Grade Reading ; C2C: Post-Secondary ; C2C: Workforce Participation ; Housing: Affordable Rate

Led by : Jeremiah Program
Description Jeremiah Program Rochester-Southeast Minnesota launched its campaign for a campus in Rochester to serve 40 single women with children from Southeast Minnesota, with the assistance of a gift from the Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester, MN.

Valleyhigh Villas

Impacting: Housing: Affordable Rate

Led by : TBD
Description 139-unit senior affordable housing

Berkman Apartments (Alatus Development)

Impacting: Housing: Market Rate ; Retail, Dining & Entertainment ; St Marys Place

Led by : Alatus, LLC
Description A more than $100 million housing and commercial development is proposed for a high-profile corner of Second Street Southwest, next to Mayo Clinic's Saint Marys campus. The plans call for a 13-story building with two levels of underground parking to be built on more than two acres at the southwest corner of 14th Avenue Southwest and Second Street. The Brentwood on 2nd and the Ray-Mar Motel stand on that corner. The hotels, along with some nearby houses, will be demolished to clear the way for the project. The Brentwood also houses several businesses, including City Market, Charlie's Eatery & Pub, A Shared Smile and the Healing Touch Spa.

City of Rochester Initiates New Budget Process and Publishes Digital Format

Impacting: Housing: Affordable Rate

Led by : City of Rochester, MN
Description The budget development process for 2019 has been revised as the City of Rochester transitions to a revenue first, multi-year budget. It is anticipated to be fully implemented over a two year period (2018 and 2019), with significant progress being made this year.

Maven on Broadway (Opus)

Impacting: Housing: Market Rate ; Discovery Square

Led by : Titan Invesment and OPUS Group
Description Discovery Square 238K Square Foot 6 story commercial and residental complex(9,000 square feet allocated for retail)

2016-2020 Housing Framework

Impacting: Heritage Preservation ; Civic Engagement ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Financial Stress/Homelessness ; Housing: Affordable Rate ; Housing: Market Rate ; Governance/Public Policy ; Health & Wellness

Led by : Coalition for Rochester Area Housing
Description Published in February 2014, the Maxfield study found that the vacancy rate for affordable senior rentals was 0.8 percent in December, compared to a 4.6 percent vacancy in senior market rate housing. To meet the anticipated demand, the report suggests that an average of 126 affordable senior housing units need to be built annually through 2020, compared to the average of 8 units a year that were added from 2006 to 2012. The demand for market rate senior housing is expected to go from adding 16 units a year to an average of 251 a year. Many such projects are already under construction or in the pipeline for coming years.

501 on First Development

Impacting: Housing: Market Rate

Led by : 501 on First
Description Fifth stree SW and Second Av, residential and retail

Community Center Northwest of Rochester (Empowerment Center)

Impacting: Best Practice ; Business Process ; Financial Stress/Homelessness ; Housing: Affordable Rate

Led by : Center City Housing
Description A project for homeless families in the Rochester area is seeking funding for what the planners are calling the "Empowerment Center" to be housed in a former elementary school. Center City Housing Corp., a nonprofit based in Duluth, announced Thursday that more than 80 percent of those that participated in a campaign planning study support the idea of turning the East Gage School site into a community center, to be called the Empowerment Center.

First Avenue Flats

Impacting: Housing: Affordable Rate ; Central Station

Led by : Joseph Development
Description $4.9M - Central Station: A downtown development that has garnered favor with city officials for providing affordable housing is on track to win the city's approval. The Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission on Wednesday reviewed a final development plan for the Flats on First, a 68-unit apartment building formerly referred to as The Downtowner. The commission previously had recommended denial of the development's preliminary plat, but the city council gave approval based on the city's desperate need for affordable housing in light of Destination Medical Center plans.

Flats on Fourth (Ovation/Stencil-Buckeye)

Impacting: Housing: Affordable Rate ; Housing: Market Rate

Led by : Stencil Group
Description 92 unit multi-family complex in Rochester, MN. The developer and builder at Stencil Group plans to build a six-story apartment complex with retail on the main level and underground parking for residents.

Gage East Apartments

Impacting: Education ; Adult Education ; Children & Youth ; Diversity and Inclusion ; Financial Stress/Homelessness ; Housing: Affordable Rate ; Special Needs

Led by : Center City Housing
Description As the city of Rochester continues to grow and develop, concerns remain for those who have been left in the margins. "Whether it be folks in the probation system, folks in our social services or public assistance system, we see it all over," said Paul Fleissner, director of Olmsted County Community Services. Soon, the former Gage East Elementary will offer relief to Med City's marginalized. On Tuesday, the Olmsted County Board of Commissioners approved an $11 million plan to build a housing complex for the homeless on the site.

Lofts at Mayo Park

Impacting: Housing: Market Rate

Led by : TBD
Description Short and long-term luxury furnished and unfurnished apartment living on the Zumbro River Waterfront. A short walk to Mayo Clinic campus and downtown. Bike, walk, run, and play in the park or on the trails right outside your door.

Planning 2 Succeed: Rochester 2040 Comprehensive Plan

Impacting: Health & Wellness

Led by : Rochester Olmsted County Area Planning
Description Rochester is a growing community and that growth is anticipated to continue. Growth and change presents both opportunities and challenges. Long-range planning is needed to position the City to address its long-term needs; to be resilient; to support changing demographics; and to address housing demand, multi-modal transportation needs, growth in jobs and visitors, and more; while working with finite resources. Rochester’s long-range planning effort, referred to as “Planning to Succeed” or P2S, will update the City’s Comprehensive Plan.


Housing News/Status

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May 25, 2019 2019 DMCC Affordable Housing Work Plan Status

2019 Presentations to May DMCC Meeting and Feb DMCC meeting.

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May 24, 2019 PB: 2016-2020 Housing Framework (2Q2019)

More than $3 million in housing investment has been committed in the nearly 16 months since the Coalition for Rochester Area Housing was created with a $6 million goal.

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April 28, 2019 Isaiah News

April/May Rochester ISAIAH Community Meetings and news. 

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February 15, 2019 Councilman Michael Wojcik Comments to DMC pertaining to Affordable Housing

Here are 6 comments / Suggestions that that Councilman Wojcik sent do the DMC EDA and Board pertaining to how DMC can have a positive impact on the affordability of housing in the district and beyond.

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January 17, 2019 Affordable Housing Proposal

The City of Rochester is looking to have up to 10 floors of housing constructed on top of a brand new 650 unit parking ramp.

This is in both a targeted census tract, an opportunity zone and a couple blocks from the Mayo Clinic. The city spent an addition $500k to ensure footings could serve up to 10 addition levels of housing.

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December 09, 2018 Collective Impact Model to enable Housing Coalition

11/13/2018 Housing Coalition meeting starting a series of conversations regarding the future and role of the housing alliance in our community.  To start these conversations, Elaine Case will be presenting on the Community Impact model.



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November 18, 2018 Age Friendly Community Survey

How well is Rochester meeting your needs as you age? A survey.

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