Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano today broke ground for construction of a new First Precinct facility for the Nassau County Police Department in Baldwin. The construction will bring a modern, cutting edge building to the police department while addressing the concerns of the surrounding community, including the preservation of an historic house and keeping access to Harrison Ave. open to the public. Construction is expected to last 18 months.
County Executive Mangano stated, “My administration has worked in close partnership with the community to ensure that a new First Precinct is constructed in Baldwin and serves as an asset to the community and police department alike. Construction of the new First Precinct will save taxpayers $21 million over previous plans put forth by my predecessor.”
After working closely with the community during the design and planning of the project, the decision was made to keep Harrison Avenue open. The street, which runs south of Merrick Road and is at the corner of the site of the new First Precinct, is an important outlet for the community.
In addition the Kellogg House, on the corner of Harrison Avenue and Merrick Road, will be preserved for future generations to enjoy. During construction, the house will be used by the construction company as offices and the area used for overflow parking to keep parking on residential streets to a minimum. The garage will also be preserved on the property. To obtain more property, Nassau County is also purchasing the Huntington Learning Center, located on the west side of the First Precinct.
The new precinct will be a three-story building and include community access space for more outreach to the surrounding neighborhoods.