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Monroe Common Council rejects housing complex
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A public parking lot located north of the downtown Square sits with 48 vehicles occupying the available 79 spots Tuesday afternoon before a meeting of the Monroe Common Council was held to decide whether a three-story apartment complex should be built in place of the lot. The council voted down the project 8-1. Affordable, quality housing was identified in the recently adopted Monroe Comprehensive Plan as a need for the city. (Times photo: Bridget Cooke)
MONROE - The Monroe Common Council voted against a plan to build a 40-unit apartment building north of the downtown Square during a special meeting Tuesday to discuss the proposal for a third time. The motion from alderman Ron Marsh to "set the project aside and not spend any more money" was approved in an 8-1 vote in which council member Richard Thoman voted no. A theme in discussion among council members was the expense to the city.

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