MANKATO, MINN - Mankato City Council has voted to take no action on an estimated $135,000 expansion to the newly approved Eide Bailly parking ramp.

City staff recommended the no action vote citing a lack of immediate public need and interest from surrounding property owners.
"The fact is also there's quite a reliance on on–street parking," said Paul Vogel, Director of Community Development for the City of Mankato, "To tell you the truth, we have not received very many complaints about finding parking for evening events because I think there's an expectation that you park where you can."
The city manager's report also added that *if and when the developer decides to proceed with the ramp, a tax increment reimbursement or City Center Renaissance loan may be considered upon request."

Council did end up approving another motion at the meeting, granting a liquor license to LocAle Brewing Company.

Licensing allows the brewing company to open a taproom on Poplar Street in Mankato, along with certain on/off liquor sales and a restaurant projected to open in the taproom's third year.

"We love the area, we love the Minnesota River Valley, we think Mankato, especially the downtown area." said Jim Parejko, LocAle's owner. "We just wanted to bring a taproom that was just sort of a neighborhood taproom and featured local ingredients in our beers and we really though Mankato was a beautiful area for it."
The taproom is expected to wrap up construction in the Fall of 2018.

-----KEYC News 12