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Plan for more parking in Rochester moves forward

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – A plan that adds more parking in downtown Rochester has taken a step closer to reality.

Rochester City Council on Monday evening unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a proposal that would add more surface parking spaces at the former Kmart and AMPI sites along Southeast 3rd Avenue. City documents indicate nearly 400 parking spaces would be added on the AMPI property and nearly 250 additional parking spaces would enter the former Kmart building.

Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission Document
Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission Document

The plan calls for the demolition of the western part of the old Kmart building as well as some of the structures of the old AMPI complex. Currently, there are approximately 740 parking spaces on site. The proposal would bring that total to nearly 1,400.

The majority of parking spaces are and will be used by Mayo Clinic employees, but some spaces are also available to the general public. City officials say the AMPI site needs to be cleared before more motorists can start parking there. They plan to seek grants to fund the cleanup effort.

One injured in Houston County rollover crash

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Wow! See how Rochester has changed over the years in these Google Photos.

As we drive down Highway 52, it’s hard to imagine what life was like in our town before the Target store was built where it stands today. Or the house you live in now, at some point in town, that wasn’t there. In fact, Rochester has grown so fast over the years that most of our homes didn’t even exist 50 years ago! You do not believe me ? Browse these photos for a glimpse of what Rochester looked like years ago.

Deena S. Hawkins

The author Deena S. Hawkins