Beach 116th Firehouse Move Close To a Done Deal

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The Beach 116th firehouse move to the old HSBC bank is one step closer to reality. Despite dissent from Community Board 14, on August 23, the NYC Department of City Planning gave the okay.

The FDNY has filed an application to relocate the firehouse for Engine 268/ Ladder 137 to the bayside property down the block, where the old Ram’s Horn diner and most recently, an HSBC bank was located. Back in June, a majority of CB14 gave disapproval of the plan and recommended the FDNY look into the old Long Island Power Authority lot at Beach 112th Street. The application then went on to Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who approved the idea, as long as the FDNY would look into the LIPA site and that the old landmarked firehouse would be turned into a cultural and arts center.

After damage incurred from Hurricane Sandy, the FDNY determined that the three-story building on Beach 116th, built in 1913, is no longer suitable for a firehouse. The FDNY wants to relocate to the old HSBC bank site and construct a two-story, 13,000 square-foot resilient building at the site, along with ten parking spots. The building would be elevated to meet FEMA flood resiliency standards.

Last Wednesday, City Planning approved the move, finding the proposed site to be more effective for serving Rockaway. They agreed that moving the firehouse to Beach 112th would increase response times uptown. City Planning recommended that they FDNY work with the community to determine how the old firehouse would be used.

The proposal now goes on to City Council and could then face mayoral review, but the Mayor’s approval is not necessary for the plan to go forward.

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