Rochester City Council Votes on Civic Theatre Budget Request, Civic Center Name Change

Rochester City Council Votes on Civic Theatre Budget Request, Civic Center Name Change

October 16, 2017 11:09 PM

(ABC 6 News) - The Rochester City Council covered a variety of topics Monday night, including financial issues with the Rochester Civic Theater.

The council granted the Civic Theatre $80,000 dollars, but there was a lot of discussion before the vote.


Some members of the council said they were disappointed to hear about the theatre's financial troubles they faced; with councilors learning about the problems on Friday when they have a deadline at the end of the month.

Rochester City Council President Randy Staver said they would also like to stay out of any internal problems the organization might have, and focus on taxpayer dollars.

“The conditions we applied, if you will, is that we did not issue an additional $80,000, in requested funds,” Staver said. “Instead, we're taking that as a credit against the 2018 budget, and for 2017, the Civic Theatre had a $200,000 allocation from the city of Rochester, so we're essentially taking that in advance of the 2018 request."

Staver also said the council is looking for more details on how they can solve this issue going forward.

The council also approved and discussed a variety of other topics Monday evening.

The Council voted 6-1 not to change the name of the Mayo Civic Center. A group was hired to come up with an alternate name after the remodel of the Convention and Event Center. They came up with the Rochester, Minnesota Convention and Event Center. A majority of the council said they prefer keeping the Mayo name in the title, considering everything the Mayo brothers have done for the city of Rochester and the world of medicine.

During the meeting, the Discovery Square project is officially approved and contractors are able to break ground whenever they’d like. The site is located on the blocks surrounded by 4th Street southwest to the north and 2nd Avenue southwest to the east, as well as 5th Street southwest to the south and 3rd Avenue southwest to the west.

The Indoor Gun Range Ordinance and Regulations that were approved in September had a second reading and was officially approved during the meeting as well.

Bloom International Realty, LLC. asked for more time to prepare their detailed plans for a large riverfront project.  

“As you can imagine, there’s significant cost in developing those plans and they wanted an opportunity to flesh those out and present them formally,” Staver said.

The project would expand between 2nd Street and 4th Street. If approved, it would include demolishing the 2nd Street ramp, and the building that currently houses Legends Bar.

According to Staver, that would make way for a two-tower hotel with some commercial and housing amenities. 

Bloom International Reality has until March 2018.


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