1. Small Riparian Area Plan
DESCRIPTION (from DMC): “The Riverfront Small Area Plan is a community process to develop a market-supported vision for a central waterfront property. The site transformation will connect multiple civic, cultural and government assets to the heart of downtown Rochester and the Mayo Clinic.The plan will establish a people-centered place that leverages natural and cultural resources and supports multimodal connectivity to adjacent areas, including downtown….The site is located at the intersection of the Arts and Culture District and the Main Street Mixed-Use District in the Downtown Master Plan, and it is located in the Waterfront Sub-district of the DMC Development Plan.
THE UPDATE (from DMC): “The Rochester City Council unanimously passed the Small Area Plan on July 18, which provides for a variety of public and private uses on properties currently dominated by parking lots, as well as the Second Street parking ramp The new plan will become part of the city’s overall plan, serving as a framework for potential future development, which could include private housing and commercial construction, as well as the creation of a public garden, park and other amenities along the river.
2. Improved downtown sidewalk experience
DESCRIPTION (from DMC): “This project will replace the deteriorated brick inlay pattern sidewalk with an exposed aggregate pattern along Broadway Ave, 1 Ave SW and 3 St SW. The new sidewalk will eliminate tripping hazards caused by spalling inlay of brick, pedestrian ramps will be upgraded in accordance with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) accessibility guidelines, and the overall downtown pedestrian experience will be enhanced.”
THE UPDATE (from DMC): “This is a 5-phase project expected to be completed by the end of September/early October. Stages 1 and 2 are complete. Stage 3 is underway and is expected to be completed by the end of July.”
3. The Link Rapid Transit Project
DESCRIPTION (from DMC): “This is a proposed 2.8 mile bus rapid transit (BRT) route along SW 2nd Street that will connect downtown Rochester, the Mayo Civic Center, the campuses of the Mayo Clinic and the Downtown Waterfront Southeast.
KEY FEATURES OF LINK RAPID TRANSIT:
a. Wait comfortably with shelter, lighting and warmth.
b. Feel safe at stations equipped with emergency phones, cameras and lighting.
vs. Embark easily on Link! No climbing to get on the bus and multiple gates are available.
D. Get easy-to-access passenger information and buy tickets at kiosks.
e. Beat the traffic! Link uses dedicated lanes and gets priority at traffic lights to improve speed. By riding Link, you’ll get where you’re going faster!”
THE UPDATE (of PB): “A 20-year agreement calling on the Mayo Clinic to fill funding gaps to operate a city-owned bus rapid transit system in the downtown area has received unanimous approval from the city council of Rochester,” the Post Bulletin wrote in August. “About 80% of the total cost of operating Link (Rapid Transit) is subsidized by state and federal subsidies, so Mayo’s lump sum payment is based on estimated unsubsidized costs and will allow all riders to ride” , Cindy Steinhauser, Deputy City of Rochester Administrator. says of Mayo Clinic’s $3.5 million annual commitment.
… The Rochester City Council has unanimously approved improvement plans for the initial proposed $114.9 million project to include station improvements along Second Street Road, a new point endpoint near the intersection of Southeast Third Avenue and Sixth Street, and infrastructure at the western endpoint, which is expected to include public parking and private development.”
DESCRIPTION (from DMC): “Discovery Walk is a four-block linear walkway in downtown Rochester along 2nd Avenue SW that will service pedestrians as well as vehicular traffic. This multi-purpose public space and streetscape is the first of its kind to The vision for this project is to create a high-convenience landscaped road and utility reconstruction project in the middle of downtown that prioritizes the pedestrian experience while maintaining flexibility for access to bicycles and vehicles, civic events and supports future development.
THE UPDATE (from DMC): “For Discovery Walk, this is a 2-year construction process. Work continues on Blocks 500 and 400 of 2nd Avenue SW and is expected to be completed this construction season (with the exception of the Next year, work will be carried out on the 300 and 200 blocks of
2nd Avenue Southwest.”