Rochester city council mulls plans to move Peace Fountain and change city flag

Monday’s Rochester Committee of the Whole meeting drew a room full of people eager to hear updates on several proposed changes, including for the Peace Fountain in Peace Plaza and the city of Rochester flag.

The changes are part of the "Heart of the City" plan to re-imagine the downtown area.

One idea in Phase One of the plan would move the Peace Fountain away from Peace Plaza, leaving space to create an entirely new sculpture designed to reflect the Zumbro River.

That’s from an updated plan by design company "Coen and Partners," which reconsidered an earlier idea after getting city council feedback.

However, there’s no decision to move forward, which could potentially throw off plans to start construction in March of 2020.

"The more time we spend trying to resolve the schematic design issues, the further out of reach of a potential fall 2019 bid it gets and so we’re just trying to balance all of those elements out," said Aaron Parrish, Rochester Assistant City Administrator.

The other main point of contention was the two final designs for updating the Rochester city flag.

One is called: "Bright Future," which won the judges vote, while the other option called: "Hope, Love and Support" won the online public vote.

Committee members were divided on the best way to move forward, so the old flag stays for now.

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