After a decade of talks, plans and construction, the Village of Scarsdale dedicated its new and improved
On Saturday, beneath a white tent, Scarsdale firefighters, police officers, village officials and community members gathered to officially dedicate and open the state-of-the-art facility.
"As we prepare to cut the ribbon...I have one sentiment that can be expressed in one word–Hallelujah," said as he welcomed the crowd of about 50.
Talks to renovate and expand the old police and fire facility on Tompkins Road began back in 2002. The 17,250 square foot building was gutted and expanded to create the new, 26,200 square foot facility. During construction, the police and fire departments had to be moved and housed at the central garage.
Brogan said he is grateful that the community cares about public safety, supported the project, and thanked the village trustees and mayor for their vision.
also shared Brogan's sentiment.
Cain said he was "happy to be here today and so relieved" that the project is finished.
"We love our new building and we are so glad to be back," Cain said.
Mayor Miriam Levitt Flisser, Village Manager Alfred A. Gatta, New York State Assemblywoman Amy Paulin, Westchester County Legislator William Ryan and Kevin Pluncket from the Westchester County Executive's Office all gave remarks at the event.
Some of the features of the updated building include a fitness facility, women's dorms and locker rooms, extra storage space, an underground fire range for police, an emergency operations center and a classroom for trainings.
The ceremony included an official ribbon cutting and a tree dedication. The Greenacres Neighborhood Association, celebrating their 100th anniversary, donated a Heritage River Birch tree to the public safety building.