Potential for transformation throughout the city will be the topic of a two-part Rochester City Council discussion starting Wednesday.

With Mayo Clinic planning a $5 billion investment with its “Bold. Forward.

Unbound. in Rochester” initiative, city staff will be asking the council for direction amid continuing change in the city.

“The city of Rochester is experiencing significant transformation,” Deputy City Administrator Cindy Stein hauser wrote in a council report ahead of Wednesday’s study session. “This transformation results from several factors, including our success in pursuing state and federal funding to support the City Council’s strategic priorities.”

Projects being supported largely by state and federal funding include the $143 million for the Link Rapid Transit project scheduled to begin service in 2026, $29.9 million for the creation of a Sixth Street Southeast Bridge over the Zumbro River and related improvements expected to be completed in 2026 or 2027 and $20 million in updates at Soldiers Field Memorial Park, which are slated to be completed by next summer.

City staff also continue to make plans for $205 million in voter-approved sales tax revenue expected to be collected between 2024 and 2039, funding work on a regional sports and recreation complex, as well as street maintenance, water quality and economic vitality efforts.

A separate council update on the sales-tax projects is planned for Jan. 29.



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