Downtown Winona is buzzing with excitement after a ground breaking ceremony Thursday for a new development. When completed, the heart of downtown Winona will feature 29 luxury and 31 market rate apartments.
This project- expected to be up and running late next fall – has got a lot of people excited about it; hoping it will revitalize the city’s core
"It’s hard to say how exciting this really is," Winona Mayor Mark Peterson said.
Downtown Winona is getting an upgrade.
"I was reading how the court authority had acquired the final pieces of the block and looking what to do with it. I thought maybe i can get involved," project developer Bob Kierlin said.
Kierlin is passionate about the Winona community.
He’s also funding and developing the project.
"I’m sure I’ll drive here just about every day to see the progress," Kierlin laughed.
By next fall, Winona’s Main Square block, will feature luxury and market rate apartments, retail, office and commercial space.
"Everything kind of fit together," Kierlin said. "This is something that Winona could use, to bring people downtown. Not only to shop, but to enjoy some of the other entertainment that they have down here."
The former tenant was a fast food restaurant.
"I used to hear it all the time: there’s nothing going on downtown Winona," Peterson said. "I don’t hear that anymore. People aren’t saying that. People aren’t saying there’s nothing going on in Winona!"
Additionally, the Main Square block will include Main Square Montessori – a non profit, learning center for at risk children.
"Winona has Montessori, but doesn’t have enough," Kierlin said.
Winona Health will also be a part of the project. An official program is not yet released, but it plans to take 3,000 square feet of space on the development’s main level.
"Its something that’s worth while for the community. This is where I’ve lived and grown up my whole life," Kierlin said. "This is a chance to give back to the people who gave me a good start here in Winona."