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DMCC passes 2014 budget, two resolutions


ROCHESTER, Minn (KTTC) -- The Destination Medical Center Corporation Board met Thursday and passed the 2014 budget and two resolutions. 

$8.2 million is the 2014 price tag for the startup of Destination Medical Center.

"This year's budget is really driven by the costs of creating the development plan, which we're only going to do once," said DMCC Chair Tina Smith.  "We don't have to do that every year."

In fact $6.4 million is designated for things like engineering, PR and research. 

"We took a look at how other communities have done similar projects, how much they spent, and it's really reassuring for us to know that we're right in line, even with bigger communities like Cleveland and Houston and Baltimore," Smith said. 

Consultants and planners will also bring their experiences from working on similar projects.

"There are dozens and dozens if not hundreds of firms around the country who want to partake in what I think is one of the largest projects in the United States ever undertaken, and it's attracting companies from around the country," said board member Bill George.

25 firms applied, nine made the short list, five of which are Minnesota companies.

 "One of the things we were looking at is how many of these companies are Minnesota companies, how many of them have offices in Rochester, and how many of them really know Minnesota?" Smith said of their decision to select finalists. 

The Economic Development Agency will move forward to finalize the contracts.

"There was a great conversation here today about smaller companies, companies owned by women and minorities have an opportunity to participate," Smith said. 

The goal is to have the planners and consultants selected by the end of the year. 

"To make Rochester, which is already a great city, an even better city and the most livable city, and frankly, I'd like it to be the healthiest city in the United States," George said. 

The third resolution was a preliminary approval for an apartment and retail project at Broadway and Center streets. 

But there was concern that the board was not yet ready to start approving projects. That resolution was approved with an amendment to the wording so the company can proceed to the next step.

The project will have to appear in front of the board again later before it can even be presented to the city. 
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