New Shoppes on Second development plan
At the core of Matt Russell's article on the Rochester City Council's 4-3 vote to not impose a proposed development moratorium on Second Street Southwest is the latest version of the proposed Shoppes on Second plan spearheaded by local developer Rick Penz.
Plans for a commercial development at the intersection of Second Street Southwest and 16th Avenue Southwest in front of the Miracle Mile Shopping Center first surfaced publicly in 2007.
That incarnation featured upscale stores and a fondue restaurant. Since then, other versions have floated out as the project has run into obstacles involving the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Miracle Mile.
The latest plan, discussed last night at the meeting, has three buildings - a retail center, a fast food restaurant and a hotel (presumably a Holiday Inn).
Here's a little from Matt Russell's council story to explain how the development and the proposed moratorium had a head-on collision with only the Shoppes on Second walking away.
The moratorium, brought forward by Council Member Michael Wojcik,
was intended to enforce standards proposed by a recent study of Second
Street Southwest led by First Homes, an initiative of the Rochester
The standards, which have yet to be approved by the city council, would reduce maximum parking standards, prohibit drive-through windows, require buildings to be taller than one story, and reduce maximum building setbacks.
A resolution against the moratorium passed 4-3, with council members
Ed Hruska, Dennis Hanson, Bruce Snyder, and Bob Nowicki voting in
favor. Wojcik, Sandra Means, and Mark Bilderback voted against the
Earlier this month, when Wojcik proposed the moratorium, he said he
wasn't aware of any impending development proposals along Second Street
between downtown and U.S. 52.
On Monday, however, he said a proposal had surfaced that went against the design guidelines outlined in the First Homes study.
"The plan is a disgrace to urban planning," Wojcik said, noting that surrounding neighborhoods strongly endorsed the moratorium. "I think we owe the neighborhoods better." Wojcik said Rochester-Olmsted Planning Director Phil Wheeler e-mailed the plans to council members on Monday.
Wheeler said the plans include a fast-food restaurant and a hotel on the northeast corner of U.S. 52 and Second Street Southwest, a site where an upscale mall, Shoppes on Second, had once been proposed.