Planned projects across Rochester in 2024
(ABC 6 News) – During the latest Rochester city council meeting, extra funding was passed to make sure future projects will be completed within the calendar year.
On Monday, the city council approved an additional $33 million for two projects already planned to be completed in 2024’s budget.
A third project for a new park and ride facility was added into the city’s fiscal budget and is expected to make transit easier for north Broadway commuters.
Downtown city-owned building could shift to renewable energy for heating and cooling; a new location for Rochester’s park and recreation facility could move the department outside of downtown.
The price tag for all that work, $74 million.
Two-thirds of the money will come from state and federal grants while the other third around $25 million, will be paid by taxpayers.
“We’ve been able to bring in a variety of other resources to make those projects happen,” said Deputy City Administrator Aaron Parish. “We’re encouraged by that, it’s a really great example of us securing external resources from the state and federal government.”
As for Rochester City Council Member Patrick Keane, he says the amount taxpayers are set to chip in is significant but believes the result in the long run will be well worth it.
“It’s a concern to me borrowing $24 million. What that means is for the next 20 years we’re going to be paying about $2.3 million a year to cover that debt. That’s money the taxpayers are going to have to come up with. It is bothersome but if you look at these projects like moving the parks, if you look at the way the parks operate right now, it really needs to be in it’s own space,” Keane said.
Two of these majors projects, the park and ride and renewable energy transition, are expected to be completed this year. The move for the parks and recreation facility out of downtown is expected to go into 2025.