The Heart of Owatonna: Downtown

Downtown Owatonna is the heart of our community, and is becoming a hub of activity! This is your ongoing source for staying up-to-date on downtown events and activities. Check back often!

Downtown Events

Lighted Holiday Parade: Thursday, December 2, 6 - 9 pm
The parade starts at 6 pm and will begin at North Cedar and Front Street. It will travel south on Cedar to Central Park and end at Main Street.(Same route as in the past.) There will be cement on the roads in time for the parade.

After the parade, join the excitement as the switch is flipped on the lights in Central Park. OHS Carolers will perform on the bandshell stage. Cookies & Cider will be served. (Fundraiser for MainStreet projects.)

Check out the Chamber Community Calendar and the City of Owatonna Calendar for more Owatonna events.


Building Our Future

North Cedar Streetscape construction began June 21, 2021. The City of Owatonna site offers a wealth of information, including construction updates, the project schedule, and a place to sign up to receive ongoing project updates.


Marriott Construction

Construction on the 106-unit Marriott Courtyard hotel on the 200 block of N. Cedar is in full swing. The project includes the total renovation of the buildings south of the alley that contain Old Town Bagels and the former Jerry’s building, as well as the demolition of the Flooring Frenzy building, the former Bishman Insurance building and a triplex on Pearl Street.

Pearl Street Apartments

In tandem with the hotel project, Hamilton Real Estate is developing a 43-unit market rate apartment complex on the 100 block of East Pearl Street. Hamilton said he anticipates both the hotel and apartment projects will be completed and open to the public by June 2022.

The Downtown Owatonna Facebook page and #BuildingOwatonna are great resources for additional information.

Construction update meetings are held for the Downtown Owatonna community each Thursday at 11 am in Central Park. Come and hear about progress, next steps, and ask questions.


Did you know? Cameras have been installed downtown to document the project. Watch the progress here!


Historic Preservation: Facade program 2020 & 2019:

These 15 properties were awarded an EDA forgivable loan for façade renovations through a partnership with the City of Owatonna Economic Development Authority, Owatonna Area Business Development Center and MainStreet Owatonna in 2019 and 2020. The program offered both exterior and interior project loans on a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10,000.

2020:

120 N Cedar Avenue: Ameriprise Financial-Velzke
206 W Rose Street: Blast Softserve Building
112 N Cedar Avenue: Costas Candies
302 N Cedar Avenue: Kleckers Kreations
102 N Oak Avenue: Firestone

2019:

214 N Cedar Avenue: Currently Available for Lease
216 N Cedar Avenue: The Music Space of Owatonna
147 W Broadway: Currently Available for Lease
104 Park Square: Herzog
111 N Walnut: Mineral Springs Brewery
117 N Cedar Avenue: Lucky Dice
211 W Bridge Street: US Navy Recruiter Office
121 N Walnut: Currently Available for Lease
131 W Broadway & 136 W Bridge Street: Foremost Brewing Cooperative

Learn more about Owatonna's historic sites by taking a Historic Walking Tour!


We are getting a lot of great feedback on what you would like to see downtown! Haven't taken the survey yet? Do it today!

Downtown Owatonna is the heart of our community, and is becoming a hub of activity! This is your ongoing source for staying up-to-date on downtown events and activities. Check back often!

Downtown Events

Lighted Holiday Parade: Thursday, December 2, 6 - 9 pm
The parade starts at 6 pm and will begin at North Cedar and Front Street. It will travel south on Cedar to Central Park and end at Main Street.(Same route as in the past.) There will be cement on the roads in time for the parade.

After the parade, join the excitement as the switch is flipped on the lights in Central Park. OHS Carolers will perform on the bandshell stage. Cookies & Cider will be served. (Fundraiser for MainStreet projects.)

Check out the Chamber Community Calendar and the City of Owatonna Calendar for more Owatonna events.


Building Our Future

North Cedar Streetscape construction began June 21, 2021. The City of Owatonna site offers a wealth of information, including construction updates, the project schedule, and a place to sign up to receive ongoing project updates.


Marriott Construction

Construction on the 106-unit Marriott Courtyard hotel on the 200 block of N. Cedar is in full swing. The project includes the total renovation of the buildings south of the alley that contain Old Town Bagels and the former Jerry’s building, as well as the demolition of the Flooring Frenzy building, the former Bishman Insurance building and a triplex on Pearl Street.

Pearl Street Apartments

In tandem with the hotel project, Hamilton Real Estate is developing a 43-unit market rate apartment complex on the 100 block of East Pearl Street. Hamilton said he anticipates both the hotel and apartment projects will be completed and open to the public by June 2022.

The Downtown Owatonna Facebook page and #BuildingOwatonna are great resources for additional information.

Construction update meetings are held for the Downtown Owatonna community each Thursday at 11 am in Central Park. Come and hear about progress, next steps, and ask questions.


Did you know? Cameras have been installed downtown to document the project. Watch the progress here!


Historic Preservation: Facade program 2020 & 2019:

These 15 properties were awarded an EDA forgivable loan for façade renovations through a partnership with the City of Owatonna Economic Development Authority, Owatonna Area Business Development Center and MainStreet Owatonna in 2019 and 2020. The program offered both exterior and interior project loans on a dollar-for-dollar match up to $10,000.

2020:

120 N Cedar Avenue: Ameriprise Financial-Velzke
206 W Rose Street: Blast Softserve Building
112 N Cedar Avenue: Costas Candies
302 N Cedar Avenue: Kleckers Kreations
102 N Oak Avenue: Firestone

2019:

214 N Cedar Avenue: Currently Available for Lease
216 N Cedar Avenue: The Music Space of Owatonna
147 W Broadway: Currently Available for Lease
104 Park Square: Herzog
111 N Walnut: Mineral Springs Brewery
117 N Cedar Avenue: Lucky Dice
211 W Bridge Street: US Navy Recruiter Office
121 N Walnut: Currently Available for Lease
131 W Broadway & 136 W Bridge Street: Foremost Brewing Cooperative

Learn more about Owatonna's historic sites by taking a Historic Walking Tour!


We are getting a lot of great feedback on what you would like to see downtown! Haven't taken the survey yet? Do it today!

Page last updated: 16 November 2021, 14:34