Proposed Construction for PWFD Headquarters

FREEQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. What is the purpose of the building located at   423 Port Washington Blvd Port Washington, NY 11050?

This building serves as the Department’s administrative headquarters as well as a command and control station during an emergency on the peninsula.

2. Why is the Department proposing to change the current layout of headquarters?

The Department’s administrative needs have outgrown the current building.  Headquarters not only is responsible for the day-to-day operations of the Department.  The Department employs nine persons that serve administrative, EMS and maintenance capacities.  These persons report to headquarters for work. 

3. How will the current headquarters change under the proposed project?

The Department proposes adding two “dog house” dormers for aesthetics (to blend in with the neighborhood), a handicap accessible hallway from a new parking lot on the south side of the building.  This parking lot will include a handicap parking space, plus three additional spaces and provide a safe manner of entering and exiting vehicles to visit headquarters.  This parking lot will have access from Colonial Road.  A second floor is not being proposed.

4. Will this construction include a party room/gym or other type of social gathering place?

No, the project contemplates bringing the headquarters into the 21st century with respect to administration, command and control.  The project does not include any type of social gathering place.

5. How will the construction affect traffic?

The Department has engaged a traffic study expert who has determined that the project will not result in an increase in traffic.

6. Does the project include a larger garage in order to house a firetruck?

No, the garage will not be enlarged to house a firetruck.

7. When will the project start?

The project is not expected to start until the fall of 2022.

8. Where can I find a drawing of the proposed project?

A copy of drawing has been provided above.

9. Is the Department required to obtain a permit from the Town of North Hempstead?

Yes, the Department will comply with all laws, ordinances and rules.

10. Is the Department required to seek a variance for the project?

Yes, as reported in the mailing that went to local residents and as well as on the posted sign on the west and south side of headquarters, the Department will seek a variance form the Town.  The hearing on the variance is schedule for April 6, 2022 at 10am.

11. What type of notice did the Department provide to the residents in the immediate vicinity of the headquarters?

In June of 2021, the Department mailed the immediate residents to headquarters an invitation to attend a meeting at headquarters on Tuesday, June 22, 2021 to discuss the project.  Two neighbors attended the meeting, viewed the project and did not present any objections.