EIS scoping hearing held for new Bronx 911 center

Center would enable citywide management of emergency services. On September 6, 2007, the NYPD held a public hearing on the draft scope of an environmental impact statement for the proposed construction of a second 911 center for the City. The proposal by the NYPD, the FDNY and the Department of Information Technology and Telecommunications, consists of a 493,500- square-foot office building, along with an accessory parking garage with capacity for 500 vehicles. Designed to house intake and dispatch for first responders from the NYPD, the FDNY and the Emergency Medical Services, the facility would also support command control centers for the FDNY and the NYPD, which will enable citywide coordination in one central location between police and fire officials and the Office of Emergency Management.

The site is located on 8.9 acres of the northern portion of the Hutchinson Metro Center, a commercial office park. The only access to the proposed site currently is by Industrial Street, a private, unmapped roadway. Under the proposal, the City would amend the City Map, altering Industrial Street’s designation to a 50-foot wide public street stretching north of Waters Place for 0.75 miles. NYPD, the project’s lead agency, expects the 911 center to be operational by 2011.

NYPD set the comment period to expire on Monday, September 17th.

The City Record, Aug. 7, 2007 at 3029.

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