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Downtown Rochester will be changing

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Downtown Rochester's landscape will be changing immensely in the years to come. Contractors will break ground this spring for more development, that includes housing and a grocery store.

With the increase in population more jobs and housing are expected. This is what downtown Rochester looks like now, but a plan for future growth is in place.

"Over the next 20 years we're hoping that we add 10,000 employees, 4,000 plus students," said Jon Eckhoff, with the Rochester Downtown Alliance.

Eckhoff stated that the first leg of the project will involve apartments and shopping.

"That's in conjunction with the first grocery store downtown, which is the Good Food Store," explained Eckhoff.

These are architectural drawings of the building, which will be located on the old Minnesota Energy site, directly across from fire station one. A grocery store will be on the main floor of the building and the upper three levels will house 62 apartments. Eckhoff said this project is just the beginning.

"We're talking about adding 14-million square feet of commercial space, all of that will be filled with people that are going to want to work downtown and live downtown and play downtown," stated Eckhoff.

Eckhoff said during the next 20 years more than 2,000 to 4,000 thousand extra housing units will be needed to house the additional people moving into the downtown area.

Gerrard Properties, out of La Crosse will manage the complex. The apartments and grocery store are set to open in summer of 2013.

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