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City dedicates Ryan Community Center

The city of Rochester’s combined school, library and community center complex was dedicated Monday.

The Thomas P. Ryan Jr. Community Center, the Rochester Public Library and Audubon School No. 33 began operations last month after six years of planning. Construction began in fall 2007.

“This project has been long in the making and it is a fitting tribute to one our city’s greatest leaders,” Rochester Mayor Robert Duffy said. “Mayor Ryan had a deep love for books, learning, children and, above all, our community.”

Ryan was mayor from 1974-1993, first in an appointed role and then as the city’s first elected mayor.

The $36.5 million project combines the former Webster Avenue Recreation Center, and expanded Audubon School and the Sully Branch Library. It was funded with $30.3 million through the Rochester City School District, $4.8 million in city and library financing, $1.4 million in private fund-raising and grants.

Stantec Architecture Inc. design it; the Pike Co. constructed it.

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