After nearly eight years of delays, Nassau County has released yet another set of plans to replace the First Police Precinct station house in Baldwin.
Last week, the county quietly issued a request for proposals to build a 25,000-square-foot building on the site of an antiques store located across the street from the existing Merrick Road precinct station house. Bids for the project are due by May 31.
"We are moving forward with the first phase in construction of a new First Precinct," County Executive Edward Mangano said in a statement.
Construction of the new three-story building is expected to cost between $9 million and $12 million, said Mangano spokesman Brian Nevin.
In December 2011, the county issued an RFP for a new building but never took action on the project.
It remains unclear how the RFP would affect Mangano's police consolidation plan.
Last month, First Deputy Commissioner Thomas Krumpter said plans to merge the First Precinct with the Seventh Precinct in Seaford had been postponed indefinitely. The First Precinct building was originally supposed to be downgraded into a lightly staffed community policing center, with administrative staff moving into the Seaford building.
But after the Seventh Precinct suffered major flooding during superstorm Sandy, Krumpter said, the department was reconsidering how policing on Nassau's South Shore should be managed. Among the options: proceed with the consolidation plan or maintain the status quo.
County lawmakers and police union officials said they had not been briefed about the latest plans. "We've had so many check swings and bad plans over the years so I don't know what this means," said Legis. David Denenberg (D-Merrick).
With Matthew Chayes