Northeast police can expect more room and less toxins in new station

Sep 13, 2012

Rendering of new LAPD Northeast Division station as seen from San Fernando Road.

A report by city’s Bureau of Engineering contains the most recent and final renderings of the new and larger LAPD Northeast Division station in Glassell Park.  The report and environmental review also contains information about the current station’s past that many officers will be glad to leave behind: traces of contaminated soil.  The contamination came to light in 1996 after toxic chemicals were found  underneath portions of the San Fernando Road police station, which lead to the testing of more than 300 workers. Those workers, however, showed no signs of being contaminated by the chemicals found underneath the former photo processing center, according to an L.A. Times story.

What kind of chemicals were found in the soil?  The Bureau of Engineering report provides some details:

Chemicals identified include cyanide, heavy metals, hydrocarbon compounds, and a ferro-cyanide dye commonly known as Prussian Blue. Work has been done to improve the safety of building occupants. This includes filing of excavated areas, removal of contaminated structures, and removal of the Prussian Blue residue.

The report said that some of the chemicals mentioned above maybe encountered as the exiting Northeast Division administration building, which serves an area stretching from Echo Park and Silver Lake to Eagle Rock and Highland Park, is demolished and the new,  52,000-square-foot complex is built next door on a different portion of the property.However,  the engineering report said a 2011 soil sample found no signs of significant contamination on the site of the new $30 million station at the corner of San Fernando Road and Treadwell Street.

The current, 42,000-square-foot station will be turned into a parking lot once the new station is completed in 2015.

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