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New parking lot OK'd for workers

From staff reports

Plans to build a new parking lot in southeast Rochester for Olmsted County employees won preliminary approval Wednesday from the city's Planning and Zoning Commission.

Plans called for 106 parking spaces in the lot at the intersection of Fourth Street and Fourth Avenue Southeast.

The number of parking spaces might change, however. Commissioners voted to reject a variance that would have allowed 40 parking spaces to be smaller than minimum requirements specify. If those spaces must be larger, there will have to be fewer of them, officials said. There was no immediate estimate as to the amount of the reduction.

County Public Works Director Mike Cousino said the lot is needed to accommodate county employees who are on a waiting list to park at a nearby city-owned lot.

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The Rochester City Council will consider the parking lot plans at a future meeting.

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