2017-05-19 / Community

CB14’s Land Use Committee Rejects Firehouse Relocation

By Maria Elena Perez


The board and community members listen in on the proposal for the new firehouse. The board and community members listen in on the proposal for the new firehouse. The FDNY may have to put a pause on relocating their firehouse on Beach 116th Street.

On Wednesday, May 17, the Land Use and Housing Committee has decided not to support the FDNY’s move to the former HSBC bank at 116th Street and Beach Channel Drive, as the committee believes that this is not the best location.

“We’re concerned with the choice of location and reasons behind it because we don’t feel like it’s the best for the community,” said co-committee chair Michael Tubridy.

The firehouse, which was landmarked in 2013, is more than 100 years old and serves as the home to Engine 268 and Ladder 137. In 2014, an extensive study of the building was done and found significant structural damage to the building.

According to Chief of Staff to the Deputy Fire Commissioner, David Harney, the cost to repair the structural damage could cost up to $9.5 million. Harney believes the relocation to the former HSBC bank will make a positive impact for both the FDNY and the community.

“It’s a large enough space to provide a firehouse the Rockaways needs,” said Harney.

During his presentation to the board, Harney proposed a new twostory firehouse with a mezzanine and a three apparatus base to accommodate space. The mechanical systems will be located on the roof, away from flood lines.

Harney also believes that by staying on 116th Street, it would be a much simpler move.

“It is the best location because there is no change in response time,” said Harney. “We want to stay on 116th Street.”

The move could take up to four years to finally vacate the original facility. While it is a long process, the board felt that they should have been presented with more facts and data on why this location would benefit the community.

“We could have given you options for other properties to investigate, but we weren’t given that opportunity,” said board member Noreen Ellis.

Other concerns board members brought up was the fate of the firehouse, as many board members were afraid the landmarked piece of history could be left to rot.

According to Harney, if the application is not passed, it could take up to a year to be back to the board. With the lack of exploration on sites, the board has stuck with their decision to not support the move to the desired location at this time.

“We need to know what the criteria is for response times and for the required distance a firehouse needs to be,” said co-chair of the committee Al Moore.

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