Downtown Redevelopment Plan

By undertaking the development of a Downtown Redevelopment Plan, a unified vision will be established for downtown Farmington.  This process will help Farmington’s City Council, Economic Development Authority, and other advisory commissions identify opportunities in the downtown area for redevelopment. Because redevelopment efforts can often take many years, it is important to have a unified vision for the area so that staff can identify funding sources for specific projects or opportunities as they become available.

As a 5-10 year plan, this illustrative redevelopment plan is intended to provide a proactive tool for communicating the community’s vision for downtown reinvestment and redevelopment projects, both by the public and private sectors. It is not the city’s intent to acquire properties that are identified as potential redevelopment sites on this plan. Redevelopment of individual sites will be primarily dependent upon property owners who are interested and willing to pursue redevelopment or to sell their property to developers who are interested in redevelopment. There may be opportunities for private property owners to partner with the city to successfully achieve the redevelopment goals of this plan and the property owner. This illustrative redevelopment plan provides direction for future redevelopment while leaving room for flexibility and individual expression as part of the redevelopment process and for creating a varied and dynamic downtown environment.

Action Steps

Rambling River Center Plaza Plan

The City of Farmington is currently seeking funding to make this plan a reality. An open house was held in 2017 to discuss and view the concept plans for the Rambling River Center Plaza, located on Oak Street between Third and Fourth Streets. The development of this plaza is an action step in the Downtown Redevelopment Plan. The purpose of the plaza is to provide a gathering area downtown for daily use and special events. Please click on the following background information:

At their May 17, 2017, meeting the Parks and Recreation Commission approved the preferred plan. This plan was approved by the City Council in 2017. Click on the plan link below.

Questions? Contact Community Development Director Adam Kienberger at 651-280-6820 or email.

Bike Racks

Bike racks have been placed throughout downtown to make downtown Farmington a biking destination.  Questions contact Parks and Recreation Director Randy Distad email.

Bike Rack

Downtown Facade Improvement Program

In conjunction with the Downtown Redevelopment Plan, the Economic Development Authority (EDA) has made funding available to downtown business owners to be used for building façade and exterior improvements. Improvements include items such as awnings, paint, tuck pointing, exterior lighting, decorative signage, windows, doors, gutters, accessibility improvements, permanent patios, utility screening, dumpster enclosures, etc.

Grants will be made in the amount of $1,500 up to $10,000 according to the scale in the guidelines and require a 1:1 match by the applicant.  Questions contact Community Development Director Adam Kienberger email.

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