D District Police Precinct Reopens Following Mold Issue

February 15, 2011 Updated Feb 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

February 15, 2011 Updated Feb 15, 2011 at 3:09 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW) - City officials announced Tuesday the reopening of the Buffalo Police Department's D District Station. The station, located on Hertel Avenue was vacated and closed last February following environmental concerns when testing confirmed the presence of mold inside the building. For the last year, D District personnel have been working out of All Saints Catholic School. In March 2010, a final report on air quality and other environmental issues was completed and the report confirmed there was no adverse impact on the facility's air quality and therefore did not cause any health risks. The last 12 months have been devoted to remediating and renovating the building.

"Our first and highest priority in this situation was the health and safety of all personnel that work in D District," said Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown. "We didn't want anyone working in a facility that had any doubts, any concerns."

In addition to the remediation, the facility received major upgrades and improvements including: new flooring, tiles, fixtures, bathrooms, energy efficient doors, drainage system, and received security upgrades. The city has invested a total of $750,000 for the project.