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Rochester, MN (KROC AM News -  Plans for a major expansion of Mayo Clinic’s Gonda Building have been pushed to the back burner.

Yet another victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayo and Pontiac Land Group Monday announced they have hit the pause button on their plans for the 11-floor expansion project “due to the COVID-19 pandemic.”  But they are not walking away from the project.

Mayo says it “remains fully committed to developing and implementing plans that support the facility needs of patients for years to come, including facility expansion opportunities with Pontiac Land Group and other developers.”

The project was first announced in Sept. 2018.

At the time, it called for four floors of new clinic space and seven floors for premier hotel space.  Mayo Clinic said it was planning to invest $190 million into the clinical expansion.

Initial plans called for construction to begin by the end of 2019 or early 2020, with the project completed by the end of 2022.

Rochester has fingers crossed as it seeks bigtime funding for its planned transit project.