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UMR officials seek community input on campus plans

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- The University of Minnesota Rochester is planning the future of its campus over the next 20 years. Officials met with community members Tuesday to get their input.

At the meeting, UMR officials presented the community with three different concepts for the future of their planned campus to be located just south of downtown, near Soldiers Field park.

The concepts revolve around turning a portion of First Avenue Southwest into a pedestrian walkway, an extension of Soldiers Field park or some combination of the two.

Officials said this meeting wasn't so much about choosing between the three options, but rather seeing what the community liked and didn't like about different elements of the plans.

"I think the themes we heard tonight are relative to parking, relative to all season accessibility to campus, not only for students, but also for residents moving in and out and using those campus spaces," said Jay Hesley, the UMR Assistant Vice Chancellor.

UMR officials and consultants will be taking comments from Tuesday's meeting into account as they create the campus master plan which will be presented to the Board of Regents in September.

Construction of the first building on the site would take place in six to eight years.
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