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Police Chief James Sheppard was joined by Mayor Tom Richards and other leaders in cutting the ribbon to officially open the new downtown police station.
Located in the Sibley Building on North Clinton Avenue. It's a 7,500 square foot facility staffed by 39 permanent officers.
"Our main focus will be to address quality of life issues that are common to downtown. The officers assigned to downtown will be instilled with the philosophy that they're to be visible, accessible and approachable to the people," said Capt. Peter Leach, Downtown Station Commander.
Police working out of the downtown station will patrol downtown streets on foot, bicycles and segways.
"I think that's excellent, that's good. A lot goes on down here so I actually like that," said Towanda Carver, Rochester.
City leaders say the new police station is an indication that downtown redevelopment will be successful.
"This city intends to put its resources in it, it intends to put its commitment behind it and it's not just buildings; it's people, it's public safety, it's those things that are necessary," said Mayor Tom Richards, D-Rochester.
The police substation is Phase One of redevelopment at the Sibley Building. You can expect to see more progress coming within the next few months. That will be done on the Main Street level in full view of those who live and work downtown. The building's owner says much of the upcoming work will be to spruce up the Sibley Building's exterior.
"You're going to see the creation of the office lobby off of Main Street. You're going to see new windows, new storefronts on Main Street, new awnings, new flagpoles, new flowers, new signage. That's going to all happen this year and we're really excited," said Gilbert Winn, WinnDevelopment managing partner.
Once that is complete, Gilbert Winn says work will begin on office space, and residential units on the upper floors.