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November 08, 2012

Downtown grocery, apt. complex shaping up

As the Rochester street work around it wraps up, it looks like construction is going full tilt on the Metropolitan Market Place complex at First Avenue and Sixth Street Southwest.

11082012metromarketplacejkWisconsin-based Gerrard Corp. is building the four-story apartment complex with the new People’s Food Cooperative (former Good Food Store) grocery on the main level.

It will have 62 apartments when all of the dust settles.

A little farther south on First Avenue, the University of Minnesota Rochester recently bought a two-story office complex in preparation for its long-term plan of building a 10.5 acre campus in that area.Get_photo-1

I have more on that in an article in today's paper.

If I understand the future plans correctly, the Metro Market complex will be basically across the First Ave./Sixth St. intersection from the entrance to this future university campus. Not a bad place to be, I'd guess.

 

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Not a bad place but there could come a time when the sort of people willing to shell out a lot of money for nice new apartments do not want to live across the street from a bunch of teenagers. As they say, time will tell.

Personally, I'm much more interested in what the city is doing to enable redevelopment along North Broadway, especially with control going back to the city. The stretch between civic drive and Silver Lake is pretty run down by Rochester standards.

Wish UM luck with trying to buy the place next the one in photo 16 apts and individually owned

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