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Rochester Public Library Expansion (2020 Version)

A proposal for the Rochester Public Library expansion moves the library to the block formerly occupied by the Post Bulletin with the main entry at Civic Center and East Center Street. The library would double its current size. Three other buildings — a hotel, senior living complex and condos — are also included in the development plan.

Project Information

About the project

Project Phase (Pre-concept, Concept, Plan, Develop, Available, Archive)

Concept Phase


PlanScape Impacts :

Level 1: Children & Youth, Reading

Level 2:

DMC Impacts:

Education/Learning Environment

Community Health Impacts:


Contact: TBD ; Email: TBD ; Phone: TBD

Lead Organization: TBD

Known/Likely Collaborators: City of Rochester, MN ; Rochester Public Library

Potential Collaborators:

Related Projects

Rochester Public Library Expansion (Two Floor Addition)



Detailed Description


PB Reporting 

A new downtown Rochester library constructed under a proposed public/private partnership would cost an estimated $95 million.

The result would be a three-story, 150,000-square-foot library on the site of the former Post Bulletin building, a block north of the existing Rochester Public Library.

Anticipated costs for the city could be reduced based on a potential partnership with the property owner and developers, but details of a potential development agreement remain in discussion.

Rochester developer Dan Penz and a group of local investors have been working on the proposal for more than a year, and plans include adding a convention hotel, a 17-story senior living tower and condominium complex to the site. They would be privately owned and operated.

The Rochester City Council will review design concepts and potential tax levy impacts Monday during its 3:30 p.m. meeting.

A proposed schedule calls for a potential decision in March, when the council will have four new members.

If approved in March, construction could start in April 2022 following additional design work, with anticipated completion of the library at the end of 2023.

The proposed plan follows years of discussion regarding library space.

In 2016, the Library Board pitched a $55 million expansion project that would have added 80,000 square feet to the existing Second Street Southeast building by adding two additional floors to it.

The effort failed to secure the required funding commitments to move forward.

Analysis of the potential tax impacts to pay for new proposed construction range from a 8.1 percent to 11.9 percent property tax levy increase, depending on the length of a loan and potential interest rate.

Due to the potential increase of tax need and revenue decline amid the COVID-19 pandemic, city staff is suggesting the options be reviewed as part of a future discussion of council priorities, according to information sent to the council Thursday.

The council will discuss options for future decisions when it meets online at 3:30 p.m. Monday. The meeting will livestream at www.rochestermn. gov/agendas and be available on Spectrum cable channel 180 or 188 and MetroNet channel 80.  


Key Beam Reports on:

Children & Youth, Reading  
November 19, 2020: Mental Health Well-being During COVID

MN Children's Cabinet Info and Info shared by April Sutor, Family Service Rochester: MDH Shared Resources: Check out MDH websites for resources on mental well-being during COVID. Sites may be updated frequently.

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February 18, 2020: Federal Reserve Bank quality education initiative

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis invitation to support constitutional amendment to guarantee a quality education for all of our state's  children.  

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September 23, 2019: Analysis of RPS referal data

Phil Wheeler analysis of RPS referral data.

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July 17, 2019: Closing referral disparities (resolution agreement with Office of Civil Rights)

2018-2019 Report presented to RPS school board and comparison with 2018 reporting. 

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February 17, 2019: Education, Health and Recreation Space (DMC UMR/Rec sub-district) 2019 DMCC

The DMC EDA, City of Rochester and UMR will begin discussions about future sub-district development. 

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October 16, 2018: Cradle to Career publishes community report

Cradle to Career published Community Report and recruiting Collaborative Action Network (CAN) conveners for Kindergarten Readiness and On-Time Graduation.

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September 10, 2017: Rochester-Southeast Minnesota Campus for Single Mothers and their Children

Remick Family donates land for future Jeremiah Program campus in Rochester

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August 24, 2017: August 2017 Update of June 27 RPS Board Study of 2016-2017 discipline data

August updating the 2017-06-27 RPS Board Study of discipline data with school breakdown. 

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April 28, 2017: Diversity Council extending Compass Points Data to direct Rapid Concensus conversations

On April 26, 2017 Diversity Council utilizing data from Rochester/Olmsted County Compass Points data combining with other community data analyses successfully developed and convened a Rapid Consensus conversation program as part of the 2017 Mayo Community Luncheon celebrating and inspiring an inclusive community. 

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Last modified by support on 2020/12/31
Created by support on 2020/12/31




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