ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- As legislation creating "Destination Medical Center" works its way through the State Legislature, we've heard a lot of different voices discussing the possible future of Rochester.
While Mayo Clinic, the City Council and local businesses have their own visions, so do residents who live in many of the neighborhoods -- especially those near Saint Marys in the Kutzky Park neighborhood.
Members of the Kutzky Park Neighborhood Association, like many others in the city, say they are excited for the possibility of the Destination Medical Center initiative.
But for them DMC means the possibility of realizing plans they made some seven years ago.
"Everybody mentions Grand Avenue, but I don't know if we can be that grandiose," said Dave Edmonson, the president of the Kutzky Park Neighborhood Association
Members of the neighborhood association have a pretty clear view of how they want the stretch of land between Saint Marys Hospital and Civic Center Drive to look in the coming years.
"That's been our vision for a long time -- this urban village concept," Edmonson said.
That vision, as described by Edmonson, has a neighborhood showcasing a walk-able, business-lined Second Street SW with taller buildings--4 to 6 stories--and among the shops and restaurants, there are hotels.
"That means hotels that have lobbies, that have restaurants that have places for people to meet and to mingle and to socialize," Edmonson said.
According to Edmonson, they want a neighborhood where people can come together, and they want a neighborhood missing one glaring feature.
"If we start putting car parks at each business, there's not room for business," Edmonson said.
Though the neighborhood association opposes surface parking lots, members understand the need for parking along second street. They just argue that the parking lots should be ramps with businesses lining the lower level, but there's been a problem getting structures like that in years since the plans were crafted.
"The city of Rochester has a hard time you know being able to afford to build stuff like that," Edmonson said.
And that's where DMC comes in. For members of he neighborhood association, those letters stand for the money, the opportunity and the demand for their urban village.
"The DMC with Mayo's backing should hopefully steer it towards completion," Edmonson said.
The neighborhood would also like to see redevelopment of businesses along the south side of Civic Center Drive and an increase in apartment buildings along the edges of the neighborhood.
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