Mayo offers $6 billion vision to remake Rochester

  • Article by: JACKIE CROSBY , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 31, 2013 - 6:46 AM

The clinic seeks state support to enhance the city in parallel with Mayo's improvements to its facilities.

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mattaudioJan. 30, 13 2:07 PM

Rochester has one of the more walkable downtowns in the state, considering the tens of thousands of employees downtown. How about high speed rail between Minneapolis, St. Paul and downtown Rochester?

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wingknutJan. 30, 13 2:47 PM

Rochester is one of the most boring downtowns I have been to and I heard that there is a shortage of single men for all of the nurses there.

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erikj3Jan. 30, 13 2:54 PM

$585 million here, nearly $1 billion there. Why does business always have their hand out? If they're so successful (and they usually are), why don't they simply pay for their expansions themselves, without taxpayer assistance?

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grinnell4Jan. 30, 13 2:56 PM

So, in a nutshell, Mayo and Rochester want everyone else in the state to pay for nice new stuff.

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mattaudioJan. 30, 13 2:57 PM

@wingknut it has changed a lot in the past five years... lots of new places along Broadway. But Rochester really needs to focus on building an antifragile core of mixed use. The giant parking ramp blocks are hostile to the sidewalk and there's not a sense of place in the periphery of the core.

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mattaudioJan. 30, 13 3:05 PM

Downtown Rochester does NOT need more parking (one of the priorities on the Mayo press release) .. most of their existing ramps are choking the downtown and preventing it from thriving. Mayo already has a great network of buses that a huge share of their employees use. Improve the situation so more patients can access Mayo and Rochester without renting a car or driving themselves, and make downtown a great place to stay or work. More parking will just make Rochester less desirable of a place for people to live, work, and spend time.

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oldsterJan. 30, 13 3:25 PM

Half a billion dollars to make Rochester a "vibrant city"? It will take a lot more than money to make that happen.

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searlcoJan. 30, 13 3:35 PM

This would be a win-win for our Political system. Mayo clinic has proven itself a leader in the medical field, a 10 to 1 leverage of private to public money is an example of a win for the state of Minnesota and a private leading edge medical center located in our state. Apply that leverage to the metro dome and the govenment would put up $100 million and the Vikings , a private organization, would have put up $900 million!

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swanmnJan. 30, 13 3:36 PM

In my opinion this is great news. I'd also recommend reading the ENTIRE article. If you did read the article it states that the $585 million is for infrastructure costs. Also, it says they will not take a time until the states starts seeing some more tax revenue via Mayo expansion. Seems like a no brainer to me to have the best hospital in the world in our state. Oh yea, 35,000-45,000 new jobs in 20 years. That's a lot more than the Vikings will give us and I'm a Vikings fan.

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muffetpuffetJan. 30, 13 3:58 PM

Here's the real story,Mayo is losing alot of money,they don't get the international patients like they used to,in a staff mayo-wide meeting they basically said,we can't make no money on the medicare/medicaid,patients in the area(Rochester area is full of the aging and the minorities we brought in here,but hey forget about the community,we want the cash paying,high insurance paying people from out of state and country,we were told that people from out of state and country will get first priority for appointments,within the week,employees,medicare,and people of the community will have to wait,sometimes months for an appointment,also rumor is if you have a primary provider at Mayo Rochester,down the road Nurse Practioners will take over that whole base,you'll lose your primary you've had for years and those doctors will take all the "new"high paying patients,so much for sticking with your community,let's face it Mayo is just big business,there's nothing "Community"about them, shame on them

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