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Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - A trial date has been set for a lawsuit over the city's newest downtown Rochester parking ramp.

The case pitting the city against the firm hired to design the $31 million facility is currently scheduled for trial in the third week of August next year. The city filed the lawsuit against the Collaborative Design Group in March over issues that have, so far prevented, the construction of a planned housing development on top of Ramp 6.

When the ramp next to the new Hilton Hotel was being planned, the city elected to spend additional money to have it constructed to accommodate residential developments up to 10 stories high on top of the parking structure. Plans for the $38 million dollar housing project were put on hold several months after the parking ramp opened in 2019 after the developer told the city it had determined there was not sufficient structural and footing support.

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The parking ramp was closed about a week ago with almost no notice from the city. A news release on the closure only indicated that "there is a need to complete work within Ramp #6 and it has been closed. It will remain closed until the work is complete." When asked if the closure was related to the legal dispute the city spokesperson declined to comment due to pending litigation.

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