City Council votes to sell East End garage but not three other garages

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Rochester City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of more money for the Blue Cross Arena riverside project and in favor of selling one of the city’s parking garages.

In a 7-1 vote, council approved more than $1 million as part of the Roc the Riverway Revitalization Project. The money will go toward building a multi-story expansion on the river side of the Blue Cross Arena.

The goal is for people to be able to watch events at the arena and the Genesee River at the same time.

Council also voted to sell one of its four downtown parking garages owned by the city. It approved the sale of the East End garage to the University of Rochester for nearly $4.5 million.

The council voted against selling its three other parking garages to out-of-town investors. The garages at Mortimer Street, Washington Square, and Court Street will remained owned by the city.

City Council also heard a traffic safety petition from the mother of a 6-year-old boy who was hit and killed by a truck on Thurston Road.