DMCC Board Sets Project Schedule

Created: 03/25/2014 6:18 PM
By: Hannah Tran

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- A design plan to make Rochester a globally competitive destination for medical research and business is becoming more clear. The Destination Medical Center project board members finalized some details for the plan's schedule in 2014.
"We're working with the city for the comprehensive plan as well," said Lisa Clarke, Executive Director for the DMC Economic Development Agency. "We want to coordinate some of those planning efforts, such as transportation and infrastructure. We have a master planner coming on board and an economic and fiscal planner."

After the formation of the DMCC board in September, it's time to include a variety of planners and experts from multiple areas to come on board. That will happen in the next few months.

"Planners will be doing a session with the board members," said Clarke. "We'll bring the planners in front of the community as well so we can set up community input on that."

The DMCC board on Tuesday set up a timeline for itself to create a concept, conduct market research, and look at financials.
By this winter, a preliminary comprehensive development plan will go to the city council for approval.

Regardless of how excited these officials are for the coming months, one of the most crucial steps begins in the month of April. During then, the plan's first scheduled public input meeting will take place.

"This plan will only work if there's lots of input from the people who live here and who built this city to be as great as it is already," said former Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak.

Rybak was also selected as Vice Chair for the DMCC board.

"I see phenomenal potential in Rochester. I'm excited to be on this board and we're all excited to get it moving as fast as we can," said Rybak.

 Officials hope community involvement intensifies in the next few weeks. There will be four public input meetings throughout the year.