Downtown Master Plan

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The Rochester Downtown Master Plan, created in 2010, was the culmination of a year-long 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. 

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.