Jersey City officials recently celebrated the commencement of construction on the city’s new public safety headquarters. Located within the expanding Jackson Square municipal complex in Bergen-Lafayette, the 11-story structure will occupy a parcel at the corner of Martin Luther King Drive and Kearny Avenue.
At 11 stories, the Public Safety building will be the tallest structure within the new municipal complex. Specific components include municipal office space, multiple conference rooms, a new police and fire museum, and a communications center including 9-1-1 dispatch. The building will also house Jersey City’s first-ever police and fire recruitment center, all of Jersey City’s police and fire operations, and leadership personnel.
It is estimated that the relocation of the police department headquarters from Journal Square will save the city $350,000 per year on rent.
“Relocating our dispatch operations will rework our 9-1-1 call system to eliminate steps, resulting in faster emergency services and response times where every second counts,” said James Shea, public safety director. “We continue to examine and identify ways we can improve upon our crime reduction strategies—which has resulted in historical decreases in crime and nationally recognized emergency response times—and we expect these newly streamlined operations to contribute even more.”
When complete, the structure will comprise 120,000 square feet. Estimated construction costs for the new building hover around $120 million and is expected to wrap by 2022.