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City Council Advances Bloom Riverfront Project; Adds Charter Change to November Ballot

City Council Advances Bloom Riverfront Project; Adds Charter Change to November Ballot

March 19, 2018 11:25 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The Rochester City Council voted Monday night on the multi-million dollar Bloom Riverfront development along the Zumbro River downtown.

Developers want to build two high-rises with a hotel, condos, restaurants, retail space and parking.

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The Rochester City Council unanimously granted the conditional use permit for the Bloom Riverfront Project, an agreement extension was also approved. 

This means that the developer has secured the land for the property, they just have to go through a purchase agreement. According to a Bloom representative, they will have three months to come to that agreement with the city. 

This is a big step forward for the project and some councilors say it’s likely to move forward barring a few financial details that need to be worked out. 

As for people in the community, local business owner Michelle Fagan said she’s in approval of the project, however, she does has mixed feelings. 

“I just feel it’s important to consider our neighborhood and the vibrancy that we’ve brought to the city and to not forget about that and to remember historic buildings are important in [our] town,” Fagan said.

Fagan and a few other business owners in the Broadway and 4th Street area downtown came forward with concerns and requests that the alleyway behind their businesses be accessible during the first building’s construction. 

The council also failed to pass the gender-neutral language changes to the city charter Monday night. A unanimous vote was needed in order for it to pass; however, it only received a 6-1 vote. City Councilor Mark Hickey was the lone vote against the measure. A new motion was passed  6-1 that will put the item on the election ballot this November. 

City councilors also voted 5-2 to reject a recommendation from the Heritage Preservation Commission to designate the Days Inn/Hotel Carlton building as a landmark property.

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