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Buffalo Police Department Grand Reopening

D-District Building on Hertel Avenue Will Reopen

D DistrictMayor Byron W. Brown today announced that the D-District building at 669 Hertel Avenue will reopen after exactly one year of vacancy and remediation. Mayor Brown directed that the facility be vacated when environmental concerns were brought to his attention in February 2010. On February 12, 2010 it was confirmed that mold was detected underneath indoor ceiling panels. The building was closed immediately and all D-District personnel were temporarily relocated to All Saints Catholic School.

“Our first and highest priority in this situation was the health and safety of all personnel that work in D-District,” said Mayor Brown. “Expert vendors provided their recommendations for remediating the facility, and our Department of Public Works completed the renovation. The City of Buffalo invested approximately $750,000 to accomplish this effort. After the remediation of the building and subsequent renovations, we are reopening a new and vastly improved facility.”

In March 2010, a final report on air quality and other environmental issues in the building was completed by Leader Professional Service, Inc. The findings of the report confirmed that there was no adverse impact on the facility’s air quality from mold or asbestos. The report also contained analyses on radon, airborne volatile organic compound concentrations, drinking water quality, water samples from the building’s basement and the men’s and women’s locker rooms.

“As Commissioner, I want to thank all of those who have helped over the past year in the renovation of our Hertel Avenue police station,” said Buffalo Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda. “I especially want to thank all of the people that work out of D-District for their patience, understanding and continued dedicated work during this transitional period. I also want to thank All Saints and the residents in the neighborhood for their tremendous show of hospitality during our temporary stay.”

The entire complex was tested, thoroughly cleaned and redecorated. Improvements to the facility include: new flooring, tiles, fixtures, cabinets, appliances and fresh paint. The windows throughout the complex had 3M Energy Tint installed for energy conservation and security upgrades. All bathrooms, including the visitors’ restroom, were refurbished. A new HVAC System was installed for the added comfort of building occupants. New state-of-the-art energy efficient doors have been installed. A new drainage system has also been completed. The entire parking lot has been resurfaced along with an exit driveway for visitors parking. New lighting enhances the front and side of the building.

“We look forward with great anticipation to moving back into our Hertel Avenue home that has now been completely refurbished,” said D-District Chief Anthony Barba. “The station house has been updated to make it more efficient for our officers and staff and more accessible for our residents that we serve. I too want to thank my staff for their cooperation as the building was being renovated.”