UMR and Rochester Area Family YMCA look for developers

As the City of Rochester expands, so does its university - the University of Minnesota Rochester - or UMR. The student body has grown more than 8 percent in the last year and now they need more housing for students.

Posted: Oct 16, 2019 11:25 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - 

The Rochester Area Family YMCA and the University of Minnesota Rochester are asking for developers to build a downtown facility that would provide first-year student housing, learning spaces, staff offices and room for recreation. 

Developers must propose ideas on land owned by the school - but they can also propose options at downtown areas like Discovery Square and Heart of the City. 

Chancellor Lori Carrell says there is a big need for housing since they are expanding fast. 

"We do need additional facilities to reach our next enrollment target which is a thousand students," Carrell said. 

The goal is to get these facilities open by May 2022. A request for proposal is out now and proposals must be in by Dec. 18th. 

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