Mayor de Blasio announced the site of a new $70 million police precinct in Queens on Monday — 14 months after money was allocated.
But residents will have to wait “years” more before the new 116th Precinct actually opens in what is now a parking lot at 242-40 North Conduit Ave. in Rosedale.
At a press conference announcing the location, De Blasio said he’s distressed that the project — conceived four decades ago to take a load off swamped cops in the 105th Precinct – has taken so long.
“It will be years, I can say that much for sure,” the mayor said.
“The normal history of how long it takes to put together a police precinct is a long one and I’m not happy about that,” he said, mentioning the lengthy land review process required of the city.
The new precinct will cover half the territory now overseen by the 105th Precinct, which takes in 12.43 square miles — one of the largest areas of any precinct.
The average response time for emergency calls handled by the 105th precinct is 9 minutes, compared to the citywide average of 7 minutes.
De Blasio said the NYPD is still analyzing the new precinct’s borders and staffing.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said families in Rosedale, Laurelton, Brookville and Springfield Gardens have been complaining for decades about police service and response times.
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