Opportunity Winona is public and private partnership that is investing in a community initiative to bring new growth in an energized downtown Winona. It is a coordinated way to create new jobs, retail, and new places to live that will bring new energy to our downtown area.
Opportunity Winona is a series of projects connected by a single vision focused on our city’s downtown that will bring new vitality into our downtown and sustain these improvements for years to come.
This is our chance to create an environment that will fully utilize existing buildings, develop key sites in the downtown area, and create public connections that will bring people together in our downtown.
Opportunity Winona partners include the City of Winona, the Winona Port Authority, Winona Chamber of Commerce, education, health care, and various individual businesses.
Our partners are committed to the success of Opportunity Winona, to make sure downtown continues to be a place everyone in Winona wants to be. We will do this by developing private and public partnerships funding with a single purpose to energize downtown.
In addition to implementing ideas generated by our community, Opportunity Winona will also look at success stories from similar communities in Minnesota and around the region to find ideas that have worked in other cities. It is our chance to combine the best ideas from our city with successes from other communities to strengthen our downtown.
Ongoing Accomplishments in Downtown
- Big Muddy Brew ‘N Que
The 3RD Annual Big Muddy Brew ‘N Que was held on September 1, 2018 & September 2, 2018 at Levee Park.
- 102 Walnut
The Port Authority of Winona has worked with the local developers who have most recently completed the renovation of the Latsch building on the historic rehab of the neighboring 102 Walnut building. The 33,000 square foot building will feature a mix of commercial and residential uses. Financing of the project is to include private sector funds, Tax Increment Financing and the proposed utilization of Historic Tax Credits.
- Main Square Community
The Main Square Community is under construction.
- The Gateway to Levee Park
The City of Winona began work on the Gateway to Levee Park in the Spring of 2017. The majority of the project investment is over $3 million and is largely financed with bond dollars. Features of the project include a gateway at Second Street and Main Street that includes a pedestrian plaza and a new crossing over the railroad tracks to Levee Park, a trail connecting Levee Park to the riverfront trail, improvements to the Levee Park patio and new lawn landscaping.
- 60 Main Street
Currently, the Masonic houses the Friendship Center. Bond funds will be used to complete $1.8 million in code updates and building improvements. In the future, the building will house a historic theatre and programming will be provided.
- Heritage Preservation Commission
Continuing to work on the Second and Third Street Districts.
- Downtown Parking Study
Presentation – January 29, 2018
Downtown Parking Study Report