New Miracle Mile plan submitted to city council for review


Although Fresh Thyme Market, Avanii Living Apartments and Fiddlehead Coffee are in place, the final occupancy certificate has not been approved due to changes to the original design.

The lack of final approval means that access to $ 3.5 million in additional tax financing funds has been suspended for the $ 35 million project.

Rochester City Council will be asked to approve an amended plan that calls for the addition of a 330 square foot patio between the existing patio at Fiddlehead Cafe and the sidewalk along Southwest 16th Avenue. It would also add exterior artwork and modify an existing fence.

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In January, the board asked Miracle Market LLC owner Javon Bea to return to the drawing board after seeking approval for changes that had already been made, including reducing the size of the cafe patio to house air handling equipment and the removal of a neighboring window.

“I strongly believe this is a contract issue,” board member Molly Dennis said, noting that the unapproved changes violated a public funding agreement.

Bea said the initial changes were made to meet the specific needs of Fresh Thyme and Fiddlehead. Adhering to the original plan, he said, would cause conflict for existing businesses.

Last month, he told the Rochester Planning and Zoning Commission that the patio review and other changes were part of a compromise worked out with community development staff.

The committee unanimously supported the latest proposed development changes.

The council will hold a public hearing on the revised plans when it meets at 6 p.m. Monday in the council chamber of the city-county government center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The meeting will be webcast live at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and be available on Spectrum 180 or 188 cable channel and Metronet channel 80.

UPCOMING MEETINGS

Meetings scheduled for the week of July 18 include:

Rochester

• City Council Study Session, Monday 3:30 pm in the City Council Chamber of the City-County Government Center, 151 Fourth St. SE. The meeting will be webcast live at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and available on Spectrum 180 or 188 cable channel and Metronet channel 80.

• City Council, Monday at 6 pm in the City Council Chamber of the City-County Government Center. The meeting will be webcast live at www.rochestermn.gov/agendas and available on Spectrum 180 or 188 cable channel and Metronet channel 80.

• Council on Ethical Practices, Wednesday at 10 am, room 104, Town Hall, 201 Fourth St. SW

• Library Council, 4:30 pm Wednesday in Meeting Room C of the Rochester Public Library.

Olmsted County

• Committee on Health, Housing and Social Services, Tuesday 11 am in conference room 4 of the government center.

• Housing and Rehabilitation Authority, Tuesday 1pm in conference room 1 of the government center.

• Administrative Commission, Tuesday at 2 p.m. in conference room 4 of the government center.

• Physical Development Commission, Tuesday at 2 pm in conference room 2 of the government center.

• Council of County Commissioners, Tuesday 3 pm in the council room of the government center.

• Parks Commission, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in Conference Room A at 2122 Campus Drive SE


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