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Main Street Armory sold after fatal crowd surge

Filings with the Monroe County Clerk’s office show the Main Street Armory sold last week for $550,000 (AP photo).

The Main Street Armory, site of a panic-sparked crowd surge that killed three concert-goers earlier this month, has been sold.

Scott Donaldson’s Main Street Armory, LLC, filed the sales deed on Friday with the Monroe County Clerk’s office. He had owned the property since 2005, when he bought the building in a bankruptcy sale.

900 E. Main Street Rochester LLC paid $550,000 for the property. There was no listing for the individual or individuals behind the purchasing LLC, only a post office box.

The city of Rochester has not received any correspondence from 900 E. Main Street Rochester LLC regarding applications for use permits or plans for the property, according to the bureau of communications. The city said it does not know the identity of the owner of the new LLC.

The filing of LLC paperwork by the new owner took place on March 22.

City officials shut down the facility on March 8, three days after three attendees of the GloRilla concert died.

Rhondesia Belton, 33 of Buffalo, Brandy Miller, 35 of Rochester, and Aisha Haskins-Stephens, 35 of Syracuse, died from injuries suffered as fans stampeded toward the exits. Seven others were hospitalized.

Police said the crowd raced to the exits around 11 p.m. after what fans thought was gunfire inside the venue. Police said an investigation found no evidence of gunshots.

Civil rights attorney Ben Crump has been retained to represent Haskins-Stephens’ family in a wrongful death lawsuit.

“Aisha’s death was completely preventable and we are calling for transparency from Main Street Armory, GloRilla, and event staff as the investigation into how this tragedy transpired continues,” Crump’s said in a news release earlier this month.

“Concert venues and organizers have a significant responsibility to ensure the safety and health of those in attendance — individuals who just want to enjoy music and have fun with their friends. It is imperative that we learn what happened and hold those responsible accountable.”

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