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University of Minnesota, Rochester Master Plan Update

PlanScape Impact(s): Economic Development ; Education ; Recreation & Open Space
Public Pinned ICI Report on University of Minnesota, Rochester Master Plan led by UMR
Last modified: April 23, 2023

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2023-04-23 PB reporting on UMR;  2022-11-22 Plan change due to Covid 2020

 

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PB Reporting 2023-04-23 Ready for the UMR boom?

Regents ask for growth, permanent Rochester campus

Link to PB article: 

https://epaper.postbulletin.com/infinity/article_popover_share.aspx?guid=7f7e41cc-401c-4e6b-9e88-0286aac231d7

 

Notable Quotes from PB article

 

UMR stands alone in the U system in terms of its needs: It needs more facilities and infrastructure to serve its growing student body. The rest have too many facilities for the students they serve.
To be sure, it has always been part of UMR’s long range plan to build a 10-acre college campus in southwest Rochester. But its implementation has been kiboshed by unforeseen events.

 

In 2019, UMR was on the verge of putting shovels in the ground. It had a partner in the Rochester YMCA. It had selected a developer. But the plan was upended with the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Y building shuttered soon afterward.
The plans for the proposed campus appeared frozen.

Now signs are picking up that its prospects are brightening. The university has been buying property in the city’s southwest quadrant since 2009. And it continues to do so, the most recent purchase being the Running Room store between Broadway and First Avenue.The U also has plans to buy the parking lot across from the old YMCA. And a developer has plans to build a seven-story apartment complex on the old Y site near the proposed campus.

 

 

Old YMCA Site Disposition

The U also has plans to buy the parking lot across from the old YMCA. And a developer has plans to build a seven-story apartment complex on the old Y site near the proposed campus.

Patrick Brama, a developer for real estate firm Enclave, said the development of the campus was a “partial factor” in its decision to move forward with the open-market apartment project.

“We expect a portion of our residents to be U of M students,” Brama said.

“Obviously, it will start with a minor portion to begin with, but as they build up the campus, we expect that portion to increase over time.” 

 

 

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11/22/2020 Memo from UMR to City of Rochester

 

 

 

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