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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:


Bloom Rochester River Front Project

Impacting: Housing: Market Rate ; Arts & Culture ; Waterfront

Led by : Bloom
Description The proposal, still in its conceptual phase, would activate the riverfront with restaurants, public green space and expanded access to the water. Plans also call for an indoor winter garden, ice rink and a waterwall for children to play in.

Alatus Development (Saint Marys Place: Housing and Commercial 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.

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


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.

Urban on First (Titan-OPUS) Development

Impacting: Housing: Market Rate

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)

Valleyhigh Villas

Impacting: Housing: Affordable Rate

Led by : TBD
Description 139-unit senior affordable housing

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.

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.

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 : Rochester Area Foundation
Description 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.

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.

Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points (Community Dashboard)


Led by : Community Networking Group (CNG)
Description Working with Minnesota Compass to implement a social indicators dashboard that measures progress in Olmsted County. Compass tracks trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and a host of others.


Housing News/Status

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February 18, 2018 PB: Riverfront project gets first nod per Post Bulleting Report

"Early plans for a $180 million construction project along the Zumbro River received some enthusiastic support from Rochester's Planning and Zoning Commission Wednesday night." 

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January 30, 2018 TBD: 2018 County Board Goals

At the Jan. CNG Meeting, Heidi Welsh presented the following 2018 Goals

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December 24, 2017 PB: Coalition to advance housing framework

Rochester Area Foundation announced the creation of the Coalition
for Rochester Area Housing, a group of public and private sector organizations dedicated to affordable housing in the Rochester area.

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September 21, 2017 City Council Discussing Affordable Housing

City Council's Committee at Large discussed Affordable Housing andCouncilman Michael Wojcik's counter proposal. 

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September 10, 2017 TBD: Rochester-Southeast Minnesota Campus for Single Mothers and their Children

Remick Family donates land for future Jeremiah Program campus in Rochester

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