Third downtown parking option considered

The Monroe City Council will have a third downtown parking option to consider after they hear testimony during a public hearing on Tuesday, March 31.
The new mixed-parking option was conceptualized after much debate over the possibility of transitioning the downtown area from angle-in parking to parallel parking. Several business owners on Main Street were opposed to the idea of parallel parking, because it reduced the number of parking spaces from 69 to 51, eliminating 18 spaces.
Sky River Bakery owner Andrew Abt started a petition for business owners and customers opposed to parallel parking. As of last week, he had accumulated more than 300 signatures.
The new mixed-parking option would feature angle-in parking on the north side of Main Street and parallel parking on the south side. The mixed option could accommodate 63 parking stalls, which is six fewer stalls than what is currently available.
The latest design concept includes 15-foot wide sidewalks, something the city feels could help enhance businesses downtown by providing space for outdoor dining and merchandise displays.
Community members and business owners are invited to provide testimony during the hearing, which will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31, at Monroe City Hall (806 W. Main St.). Input on time restrictions will also be heard.


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