City Council repeals vote to build a new RPD station

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. (WHEC) — The Rochester City Council Tuesday night voted to repeal its own vote to build a brand new $16 million RPD station on East Main Street.

The vote was seven to one against. Councilmember Jose Peo was the only one who voted not to repeal the decision.

Council members say this is a pause, not a cancellation because in the wake of Daniel Prude’s death, policing could look different, so this police station could look different.

"This is an opportunity to continue to combine the work of the neighborhood service centers with the work of public safety," Councilmember Mitch Gruber said.

"It could be for mental health crisis teams, we don’t know but I do look forward to the process of engaging with the community and really determining what the best use of that space will be," Councilmember Mary Lupien said.

What they don’t want to be forgotten amid the repeal of this legislation is the work that was done on it.

Members heard concerns that this will be a hole in the community and people have already been removed from their homes.

The city council vowed to find a better solution.

News10NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean learned the construction company that had the bid for the project wasn’t told until he broke the story last week.