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Future vision of Rochester neighborhood receives mixed views

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ROCHESTER (KTTC) -- The Slatterly Park neighborhood could experience some major changes in the future.

It coincides with Rochester's Downtown Master Plan, a vision of what downtown can become as the city continues to grow.

But not everyone is on board with that vision.

Rochester City Council was set to vote on the plan, called "Imagine Slatterly," earlier this month.

But when some neighbors stepped forward with their questions, the council tabled it for three months.

Slatterly Park Neighborhood Association's Wayne Flock leads "Imagine Slatterly," which started in 2009.

"It's truly a vision plan. These are not changes that you're going to see tomorrow, or next week, or next year," Flock said.

Zoning would change on the edges or "fringe areas."

"They're aged properties. They're property homes where they've been split up into multi-rentals that in the next 25 to 30 years, as downtown grows and changes... I think it'll be unique to see how that develops," Flock said.

Some edges could see buildings that include shops and apartments.

Jaine Schrupp's neighborhood could see that development.

She lives in one of the "fringe areas" that could see different zoning.

"It's not going to be that closeness, it's not going to be that family-oriented type neighborhood. And I don't want to see that gone from all the neighborhoods surrounding," Schrupp said.

In the Downtown Master Plan it states that the neighborhood could become "urban or residential... as current properties phase out over time."

But in order for private developers to purchase properties, homeowners would have to agree to a price, or they could block development completely.

"We have families, we have pets, we have memories in these homes. And to me, it isn't a house, it's a home," Schrupp said.

Flock says there have been several informational meetings since "Imagine Slatterly" began in 2009 but Schrupp says she was not notified once by the Slatterly Park Neighborhood Association.

A meeting will take place some time in the end of August for concerned neighbors.

Rochester City Council will vote on the plan on October 1.

For more information go to: www.slatterlypark.org and http://www.rochestermn.gov/departments/planningzoning/masterplan.asp.

 

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