Too much growth a concern in Rochester?

The most recent residential survey shows that 15-percent of residents say the most serious issue in the city is too much growth.

Posted: Jul. 10, 2018 8:21 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – Rochester is a city that’s growing and expected to attract thousands of more people in the coming years.

The most recent residential survey shows that 15-percent of residents say the most serious issue in the city is too much growth.

“My thoughts are we're growing too fast and furious,” Kristine Nogosek, of Rochester, said.

However, not everyone sees it as a concern.

“In my mind, the growth that's occurring I think is good growth,” Jim Rogers, of Rochester, said. “I don't see a lot of negative behind it.”

Mike Riester lived in Rochester for 35 years before moving away, and saw growth in his time living in the city.

“Steady growth,” Riester said, “Fairly, ya know, it wasn't real fast like it is now but it was steady growth.”

He looks to the buildings as a tall-tell sign.

“Just by the amount of infrastructure they're putting in and housing,” Riester said, “there's a lot of growth.”

It’s growth that means change is happening.

“I think change always brings on ya know potential concerns,” Rogers said, “but I think when you dig behind it and really understand what's occurring I think people will probably be pretty comfortable with it.”

“If you're a businessman and/or if you own a lot of real estate around here and you're established, it's a good thing,” Riester said. “If you're coming into town and you're entry-level position, it's gonna be hard to afford housing.”

The same survey did show that nearly 90-percent of residents think the city is headed in the right direction.

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