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DMC previews Discovery Walk project

ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Destination Medical Center showed off plans for its Discovery Walk project Friday. It's a five block parkway that will connect Annenberg Plaza at Mayo Clinic to Soldiers Field Park.

The new space will be more pedestrian friendly with narrower traffic lanes along 2nd Avenue SW. DMC says there will be greenery and places to eat and sit. Developers want the space to have a park feel to it. The goal is to encourage more people to visit the downtown area, both residents and visitors.

The initiative features the team of the City of Rochester, DMC, businesses, neighbors, minority groups, and others in the community who came together to plan for this project.

"It's really a project for the community designed by the community," said City Project Manager Josh Johnsen.

The walk will also feature works by three local artists.

"This is a wonderful opportunity I'm very excited to be a part of this project that is, I think this is a big responsibility that I've been given," said Islamic Contemporary Artist Ayub Hajiomar. "So I'll treat it that way and try my best to kind of have great art work that benefits everyone here in Rochester."

Hajiomar said his work touches on contemporary issues. One issue at the forefront of his mind is racial injustice in America. He said he will try to capture that in a beautiful way but also try to capture hope in his work. Hajiomar also wants his work to be very thought provoking.

The next steps include more planning and approval from the City Council before bidding on work for the project can start.

Construction is slated to begin after May of 2021.

Zach Fuller

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