The topic of a new public safety facility to provide for the needs of the growing city came up at Monday evening’s city council meeting.
The city needs such a facility.
With an expected crush of development coming in what will be the former Exxon site, and the same one day to take place on the Exelon Property, it is high time to pursue this integral part of the development scheme on Lower Broadway.
Out of necessity it should be a large facility housing fire, police and rescue elements in the area of the Encore Boston Harbor Casino and Hotel.
Councilor Wayne Matewsky has set the ball rolling with that suggestion, which took place before the council at his request. Such a facility built in today’s dollars would cost as much as $30 – $40 million to build and to outfit with automobiles, fire apparatus and rescue ambulances. It should also be equipped with a cell block as well as a triage and training area.
The package needs to include a great part of the funding to cover the cost of manning of the facility.
It is easy to see the need for as many as 40-60 new firefighters and police officers, ambulance drivers and administrative personnel.
There might very well be billions more in new development and tens of thousands of men and women working in the high tech and medical research industries working and living here on new streets in thousands of new units in dozens of new buildings.Continue reading “Encore Should Pay”