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Rochester City Council votes in favor of spending $1 million on new RPD substation

Posted at: 03/19/2013 9:02 PM
Updated at: 03/19/2013 11:35 PM

Rochester's City Council voted in favor of spending $1 million of taxpayer money to build a new Rochester Police Department substation.

It will be located inside the Sibley building downtown. That's less than a mile away from two other police stations, the Public Safety Building on Exchange Street and another RPD station on North Clinton Avenue near Upper Falls Boulevard.

7,500 square feet of space will be renovated in the building for the new substation. 40 officers and RPD staff will be there.

Mayor Tom Richards, City of Rochester, said, "The face of downtown will change dramatically in the next three to four years. All of midtown will change, the transit center will go in, Sibley's has a new landlord. As we change downtown, have more people there, more activity there, it's important we provide the kind of police support that's necessary."

The final vote was 6 to 3. The Sibley building owners will lease the space to the Rochester Police Department for 10 years beginning this July.