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Ramp talk gets shelved
MONROE - The city's discussions on the future of the downtown parking ramp will be suspended until spring 2015.

Common Council members agreed Tuesday to crank up discussion about what to rebuild in the location again, after several community organizations have completed their studies.

Representatives from the Chamber of Commerce, the downtown Business Improvement District and Main Street Monroe have been researching the potential of possible partnerships and meeting with interested developers, according to Pam Christopher of the Monroe Chamber of Commerce.

Information, including construction costs and a parking study, pulled together by the group will go toward making an application to the state Community Development Investment Grant Program for up to $500,000, Christopher noted. However, the group cannot meet the next application deadline of Sept. 15, she said, but will be prepared for the following application deadline, which she estimated will come sometime in the spring.

By that time, the group will also have recommendations for the council, Christopher said.