New Facility for Transit Bureau District 23
Rockaway's transit police, temporarily relocated to trailers in the Waldbaum's parking lot, will soon have a brand new office where their existing one now stands.
Their existing facility, located in the Beach 116 Street subway station, was built in 1983, and has been called "outdated and undersized," by Transit Bureau District 23 Captain Mark A. Watenberg. It is scheduled for a multi-million-dollar demolition and rebuild, according to Capital Program Manager James A. Saporito.
The funding for the project has already been approved, building plans have been drawn, and demolition could be completed within two months, Saporito said. Within six months, he said, the bidding process for the new office should be complete.
Plans call for the demolition of the existing 4,700 square foot facility, and
the construction of a two-story building, with nearly 12,000 square feet. One of the benefits of the added space, according to Watenberg, is that District 23 officers will now be able to process their own arrests. Currently, he said, they are the only command in New York City that does their processing at local precincts.
Entering the District 23 office will also become easier. The existing entrance is located beyond the subway turnstiles, but according to Saporito it will be relocated to improve access.