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Major downtown development gets past first main hurdle


The Bloom Riverfront Towers Project got the thumbs up from the Planning and Zoning Commission.

It's important to note, however, that the City of Rochester still owns the land and will continue to do so until all the deals are finalized.

The developer will then take care of the demolition.

No one in attendance was opposed to the project as a whole but had concerns about one aspect or another.

For example, many residents were concerned that one of the the buildings is too tall and would continue to make wind an issue downtown.

Others said that with the loss of the 2nd Street Parking Ramp, parking would be harder to come by.

"Parking is a huge issue and I think that took up the bulk of the discussion tonight," Patrick Dean, a downtown resident, said. "It's that until we have a really user-friendly public transportation system, a whole variety of it, I think cars are inevitable, we still have to deal with them. That is my biggest concern."

The final vote was 5-1 to recommend approval of the Conditional Use Permit.

The one commissioner voted against on the grounds that there was too much parking with the project.

Her thought was that this would lead to more traffic in the area.

This will now go in front of the City Council for final approval.

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