The new Second District police station — meant to replace the crumbling century-old building on Magazine Street — will be in Gert Town, likely in combination with a new Gert Town pool and possibly other facilities, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu and other officials said at a District B public meeting Aug. 28.
"I think it will be a big shot in the arm for Gert Town," said Deputy Mayor Cedric Grant.
The current Second District station on Magazine, dedicated in 1899 and first used as a fire house back when the pumps were still drawn by horses, is so weather worn that officers take shelter at Children's Hospital during storms such as Hurricane Isaac last year. A number of plans for a new station have been put forward for years. Last year the city allocated $400,000 to purchase land for the station, and the capital-projects request for the coming year calls for another $550,000 for designs. But the first task, city officials have said, was choosing a new location.
Responding to a question from a Gert Town resident at Wednesday night's meeting about the coming year's budget, Landrieu said the city intends to replace the Gert Town pool, closed after Hurricane Katrina and demolished in 2011, and that the city is also looking at the same location for the new Second District station. The site would be around the former location of the Mary Church Terrell Elementary School, Grant said after the meeting, and the city has already begun discussing its possible acquisition with the Orleans Parish School Board. — ROBERT MORRIS | UPTOWN MESSENGER