Sunday, February 8, 2009

Backing Off The 911 Backup Center

More than ten years ago, plans were made to create a New York City emergency communications backup center in the event of a serious disaster. Construction was proposed in the Pelham Bay section of the Bronx. This hub would complement current 911 services in Brooklyn's Metrotech Center. Today, NYC residents are still waiting for this vital 37-story center to be constructed, though some in the building area would like to see it scaled down to its original 17-story design. With a current $957 million price tag, 40% over the last estimate, it’s likely we’ll all be waiting a bit longer. It’s more than seven years since September 11th. The question is how much longer can New Yorkers afford to wait?

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