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DMCC Board Approves 2019 Budget

September 25, 2018 05:47 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- The face of downtown Rochester continues to change and develop as the city’s Destination Medical Center initiative progresses.

At DMC’s board meeting Tuesday, the next year’s budget and updates on projects were discussed.

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“This year, as in other years, we’ve had a very focused budget," said Lisa Clark, executive director of DMC Economic Development Agency. "It’s been a team approach in terms of making sure we are on track with our priorities."

The 2019 capital improvement plan (CIP) budget, which is responsible for all projects, including Discovery Square and renovations of the Chateau Theater, was approved at $20.6 million.

About $2.5 million of the CIP budget goes toward DMC EDA operations.

Other key projects include updating Rochester’s street and sewer system and expanding transportation – both crucial in meeting the demands of a growing city.

“In 2019, we’ll see improvements to the bicycle and pedestrian network," said Patrick Seeb, DMC's director of economic development and placemaking. "We will see, hopefully, acquisition of electric buses so we can improve and expand the bus system."

Challenges Rochester already faces, which will only become more apparent as the population grows, were top of mind.

“Unless we very intentionally and strategically and planfully insert ourselves more aggressively into both making sure a person can afford to live here, and making sure we have jobs here, we won’t be doing our jobs,” said R.T. Rybak, Chairman of the DMC Corporation Board.

Clarke said in terms of housing – DMC is ahead of schedule.

“The community of Rochester should be very proud about how we’re managing this growth," she said. "It’s a deliberate plan. DMC is very, very determined to continue to move the plan forward, and we can’t do it alone."

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