Mayo plans new Discovery Square research building in Rochester.

 
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Byline: William Morris

Mayo Clinic is planning to add even more cranes to the downtown Rochester skyline in 2020.

The Rochester health care network announced Tuesday it plans to build a new 64,000-square-foot research building at 410 Third St. SW, just southwest of the downtown core. Behind the proposal is a $32 million gift from the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation of New York, named for an investment firm president and his wife who both received care at Mayo Clinic over a span of decades.

The building, which will be named for the Kellens, is Mayo's latest addition to the ongoing Destination Medical Center program, an effort to bring $5.5 billion of new development to downtown Rochester over 20 years. Mayo has invested more than $450 million in new construction since 2013, more than half of all spending in the center on projects including the expansion of the St. Marys hospital campus and several smaller projects.

The company also plans to begin work later this year or early in 2020 on an 11-story clinical and hotel expansion atop its downtown Gonda Building.

"Research is critical to infusing new knowledge into patient care," Mayo President and CEO Gianrico Farrugia said in a statement. "It paves the way to solve serious or complex medical challenges for our patients at Mayo as well as patients around the world. This remarkable gift will allow us to meet a critical need for research space on our Rochester campus."

Mayo has yet to determine what specific departments or types of research will be located in the building. It's not clear if the building was a part of Mayo's long-term plans before the gift from the Kellen Foundation, but a Mayo spokesperson said that most of the company's research facilities have likewise been made possible by philanthropic support.

"I can think of no time in the recent past when there's not been a need or desire for additional research space," spokesman Robert Nellis said in an...

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