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St. Cloud Mayor Disappointed But Not Deterred After Bonding Announcement

City officials have hopes of turning the parking lot behind the Mexican Village into a parking ramp. Photo by's Jim Maurice

ST. PAUL  — St. Cloud officials are disappointed, but not deterred after getting word the Governor didn’t include a convention center parking ramp in the second chance bonding allocation.

Mayor Dave Kleis says there is no benefit to questioning the scoring system that ranked the projects, but rather they need to keep advocating for the project. Even so, Kleis says it’s disappointing.  He says at no pint has any lawmaker said the project is without merit.  Kleis says it will spur economic development and create jobs.

The city is looking for $10-million in bonding money to build a $30-million parking ramp.

The ramp is needed to alleviate parking problems downtown with the expansion of the River’s Edge Convention Center.

The projects being funded include:
• Litchfield, $2.3 million
• Hector, $1.1 million
• Lonsdale, $1.5 million
• Redwood/Renville Solid Waste, $1.9 million
• Hutchinson, $763,750
• Duluth, $8.5 million
• Wadena, $4.2 million
• St. Paul, $25 million
• Metropolitan Council, $2 million


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