New Orleans, LA – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu and City officials broke ground on the new NOPD Fifth District Police Station at 3900 North Claiborne Avenue. This $7.2 million, 17,600 square foot facility will support hundreds of officers and provide critical support to the St. Claude and Lower Ninth Ward communities.
“Breaking ground on this new Fifth District Police Station is an important step forward in our effort to make our city safe,” Mayor Landrieu said. “This station will provide our officers with the resources they need and provide better police protection to the residents of St. Claude, St. Roch, Seventh Ward and the Lower Ninth Ward.”
The new facility will replace an 11,200 square foot building that flooded in Hurricane Katrina. It will be designed as a First Responder Station that will be capable of withstanding 200 mph force winds and exterior skin and windows capable of withstanding 150 mph winds. Interior spaces will feature a Roll Call Room that accommodates nearly 70 officers on a daily basis and can house an additional 60 personnel during First Responder events that may require State Troopers or National Guard assistance. It will also have space assigned to a Detective Investigation Unit, a Narcotics Platoon, and Task Force Units. In addition, the facility will have a 20 person conference area and large reception area that will allow secure admittance control of civilian personnel. This station will also have a new 500kw generator with diesel fuel tank that will keep the building running for 7-days, non-stop, in the event of an emergency situation.
New Orleans Police Superintendent Ronal Serpas said, “The officers and civilian staff of this district work hard, and deserve to have a good working environment to report to every day. This will be a facility they can be proud of. Once it’s up and running -as always- we strongly encourage residents to stop by to take a look around and meet the officers. This new building is not being built for the NOPD only. It will also belong to the people of the Fifth District.”
City Council Vice President Jacquelyn Brechtel Clarkson said, "We are so excited to be breaking ground on another new police station! The best thing we can do for this city is to aid our police to help fight crime."
District C Councilmember Kristin Gisleson Palmer said, “The groundbreaking of the new NOPD Fifth District Police Station is an exciting development for the Upper Ninth Ward and surrounding communities. The Fifth District has been a true community asset and this new station is a sign of the continued support they provide.”
District D Councilmember Cynthia Hedge-Morrell said, “The ground breaking of the New Orleans Police Department’s Fifth District Police Station is continued evidence of our city’s steady and deliberate growth. The rebuilding of the police station on its original site will strengthen the immediate neighborhood and return the men and women who protect and serve back to their home base.”
District E Councilmember Ernest F. Charbonnet said, “This is yet another milestone in the recovery of an important area of the city, the Ninth Ward. Restoring a healthy quality of life for the residents of the city of New Orleans is vital. Every service restored in any area plays a crucial part in the healing of our city.”
District B Councilmember Diana E. Bajoie said, "A new Fifth District Police Station is critical both to resident safety in the Ninth Ward and to the morale of our hard working police officers stationed in the area. And there's an additional bonus. The seven million dollar investment in infrastructure along the important Claiborne Avenue corridor will serve as an anchor to revitalization efforts in the adjoining neighborhoods. This is a major development for all involved."
FEMA Louisiana Recovery Office Executive Director Joe Threat said, “Congratulations to both the city and the New Orleans Police Department on your recovery progress. The new NOPD Fifth District Police Station will greatly benefit both the dedicated Fifth District police officers and the larger community in which they protect. As the city moves closer to full recovery, FEMA remains steadfast in aiding local recovery endeavors through the coordination of federal taxpayers’ dollars”
Funding for this project comes from FEMA public assistance, insurance and City bonds.
Renderings of NOPD Fifth District Police Station are attached.