by DAWN FEDDERSEN-POINDEXTER
The Rogers City Council gave its approval to develop a Downtown Master Plan for Redevelopment.
The plan will focus on redevelopment efforts and opportunities within the downtown area and to help bring awareness of opportunities to potential developers. It is expected to take six months to complete, at a cost of no more than $50,000.
The city of Rogers has been approved for a grant from Hennepin County to create a downtown redevelopment plan. The grant will pay for 75%, or $37,500 if costs reach $50,000. The remaining costs will be paid for by the city.
The process will begin with the council and city staff meeting and hosting workshops with SRF Consulting, who was have hired to develop the plan and identify goals, vision and baseline information.
The next step will be a downtown area inventory, which will identify things like building inventory, patterns of use, transportation, and natural features. This will be followed up by workshops with residents and business stakeholders.
All of the information will be used to develop the plan, economic feasibility analysis, and development of implementation steps.
In other matters, the council accepted a $200 anonymous donation to the city of Rogers to thank city crews for an excellent job of snow removal on his street. The money had originally been given to a public works maintenance worker directly, who tried to tell the donor that city employees cannot accept tips. But since the resident insisted, the worker accepted the money and turned it over to his supervisor.
The money has not yet been allocated, though the council considered putting it towards the new Veteran’s Memorial being built, which is currently accepting donations.