Mayor LaToya Cantrell today (March 8) joined other officials to celebrate the start of construction on the New Orleans Police Department’s $7.7 million 4th District station in Algiers.
“This groundbreaking represents three major infrastructure projects in Algiers. We’re excited to begin construction on the new NOPD 4th District station and look forward to getting work started next door on the New Orleans Fire Department 8th District station. They both run along Wall Boulevard as one of the 11 corridors of the Moving New Orleans Bikes’ Algiers bikeway network that provides 11 miles of protected lanes across Algiers,” said Mayor Cantrell.
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Funding for construction is nearly evenly divided between FEMA ($3.2 million), and City bonds ($4.5 million). The new station amenities include a reception area, community conference room, offices, break room, storage, locker room, showers, elevator, and ADA-accessible restrooms. The station will also have an elevated generator/mechanical platform, stormwater retention site elements, and energy-efficient HVAC system, energy-efficient appliances and LED lighting systems.
“I would like to thank Mayor Cantrell for her continued support of the men and women of the New Orleans Police Department,” said NOPD Superintendent Shaun Ferguson. It’s projects like this that demonstrate Mayor Cantrell continues to have our back and is behind us 100 percent. When the Mayor and City Council work to provide such a significant investment in NOPD, it is an enormous morale boost for our officers. Having two public safety agencies joined in the same complex will undoubtedly lead to better, more efficient communication and may very well lead to saving more lives.”
“This new, modern NOPD Fourth District Police Station . . . will use the latest technology to address the safety and emergency response rescue needs of the people it serves in Algiers,” said District C Councilwoman Kristin Gisleson Palmer. “It’s also a facility that the community can be proud of because it’s an example of the City’s continued effort to investing in public safety and ensuring every neighborhood is a better place to live, work and raise families.”
The City also broke ground recently on the new NOFD headquarters in Mid-City. And In the next few months, the City will have approximately $110 million worth of joint infrastructure projects going out to bid, including projects in Gentilly, New Orleans East, the Bywater, Mid-City, West End, and Uptown.
Under the Cantrell Administration, the City’s capital investment in facilities and parks in District C totals $48.1 million. Completed Projects in District C include: Claiborne Avenue fence installation – $380,000; phase two of structural repairs and restoration at the Algiers Courthouse – $1.3 million; Behrman Park improvements – $150,476; Brechtel Memorial Park improvements – $1.2 million; and the $6 million Riverfront Master Plan & Tricentennial Plaza.
Upcoming District C projects include improvements at the Treme Center, a $4.2 million renovation of the Behrman Center Pool, and the resurfacing of the Algiers Courthouse parking lot, which will add another $350,000 to the work done there. Work at the Treme Center is expected to start in the second quarter of the year. The other projects are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2021.
“The Algiers Economic Development Foundation is excited to celebrate today’s groundbreaking of the new 4th District New Orleans Police Department station,” said Kelsey Foster, executive director of the Algiers Economic Development Foundation. “We welcome the 4th District officers to their new home on Wall Boulevard, a central location where officers can connect to the entire Algiers community quickly and easily. We’re thrilled to see this major public investment in our community; our organization looks forward to continued partnership with the City of New Orleans and the NOPD 4th District.”