After decades of advocating, the communities of Rosedale, Brookville, Laurelton, and Springfield Gardens in Queens celebrated the topping off on their newly-established police precinct. On August 22, 2022, Mayor Eric Adams joined the NYPD, NYC Department of Design and Construction, and local elected officials to celebrate the installation of the last steel beam, known as the topping off ceremony, for the new 116th Precinct in southeast Queens.
The new 116th Precinct, the first new precinct established in New York City since 2013, is an answer to calls for public safety in the Rosedale, Brookville, Laurelton and Springfield Gardens neighborhoods. Community organizations, including The Concerned Citizens of Laurelton and Federation Blocks of Laurelton, worked with the Mayor’s office, DDC, and the Queens Borough President to bring more rapid responses and effective community policing to these communities.
Mayor Eric Adams shared, “Across the five boroughs, New Yorkers have made it clear that they want a safe city and responsible policing, and the new 116th precinct will help us deliver that. This precinct will make New Yorkers safer, not just in this neighborhood, but across Queens and the entire city. And with DDC keeping this project on time and on budget, we will bring this new precinct to the community as soon as possible, helping officers build stronger connections with the communities they serve.”
The new 48,410-square-foot Precinct, located at 244-04 North Conduit Avenue, is placed strategically to better service the southeast Queens communities, who were previously served only by the 105th Precinct.
NYPD Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell stated, “From the outset, the conception, design, and construction of the new 116th Precinct in southeast Queens has been carried out in close collaboration with the people it will soon serve. This facility will provide these neighborhoods with the public-safety resources they have been advocating so strongly for, and fulfill a decades-old promise to improve and enhance the quality of life of everyone in this community.”
The topping off ceremony took place nearly one year after construction began on the Precinct in August 2021. The project is on-time to be completed in early 2024. The estimated cost of the project, which is being managed by DDC, is $104.8 million.
The Department of Design and Construction is New York City’s primary capital construction project manager. DDC partners with other City agencies to provide communities with new or renovated public buildings to support Mayor Adam’s long-term vision of growth, sustainability, resiliency, equity and healthy living. For more information, please visit nyc.gov/ddc.
By: Samantha Silverstein (Samantha is a CityLaw intern and a New York Law School student, Class of 2024.)
DDC: City Tops Off Structural Steel for New 116th Precinct in Southeast Queens (August 22, 2022).