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

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.


  1. Nice grammar mistake “lead to the testing of more than 300 workers” I like it! Past tense schmast tense. I think it’s a rather appropriate slip.

  2. Maybe they can start responding to calls now.

  3. I seem to recall that the building formally housed a photo/film processing company before the LAPD Northesast moved from York Blvd to its present location. That might be where some of the chemicals found came from.

  4. If they are going to build a completely new station, it is a HUGE waste of money to do it at that site. That site borders on Glendale! The station should be in the middle of its territory, not on the farthest edge.

    What this now means is that officers have to make the longest drives to get back to the station, wasting time. It means the visual deterrence of all those police cars coming and going from the station benefits Glendale as much as or more so than the Los Angeles residents paying for it.

    This was never a good location for a police station for Los Angeles. They opted for it a couple decades ago because it was cost-effective in that they did not have to build anew, could simply adapt an existing building. Now, in a time of the tightest budgets and massive cuts to services, we seem to have money to throw away.

    Hey, this talk of the toxins on site — that is a lot a baloney to sell the idea of new construction; that was well known before they ever changed it over to a police station, and as I recall, the were supposed to have cleaned it up or covered it in clay. That is NOT new information. I don’t now, but it sounds like they dug through the clay for some reason and so hit the toxins — so, just cover them in clay again.

    Nonetheless, if they want to build anew, it should be in the middle of their area, not alongside Glendale. It is a HUGE waste of money to build such a facility in the WRONG location! Besides, I can think of a lot of other higher priorities for that money, considering all the cuts the city has made.

    • The N.E. division covers from Eagle Rock, to Silver Lake and Los Feliz , and over to Griffith Park. Where would a central location be?

    • First point, the existing station is a total dump. It’s way past time to upgrade it.

      Second, I’m not so sure that the location of the station is such a deterrent to crime in the immediate neighborhood. It sounds sensible, and I’ve considered it myself from time to time. But consider: the Drew St. crew was one of the most notorious outfits in NELA, and it flourished for decades, just a few blocks from that very station.

  5. They already own the land, and the location is on San Fernando Road, a major artery AND the 2 Freeway is not far away. A short ways up San Fernando is Glendale Blvd which gives good access to other areas in their district.
    The EIRs and all other necessary documentation were done some time ago. The station is not a ‘new’ design, they’re using the same blueprints, etc as were used on another station so the overall costs are that much less. The budget was established years ago but they have been careful and aware of constraints.
    This has been an ongoing process and has been presented to various local organisations over a long period of time (I was at one for the Mt Washington Assn) and it’s been a very open process as well.
    Those who are now opposed to it should have paid attention when it was being discussed. Complain all you want now, it’s still probably the best deal they could have made given all the circumstances.
    As far as contaminated soil, most industrial parcels will have some sort of residue considering the small scale businesses that were located in the area when concerns about pollution were low.
    I am not an apologist for the Police Department or this division or the project but I do happen to think this is a good thing for the area and the men who have been working in substandard (undersized, cramped offices) conditions while still trying to do their job.
    If this were a private company someone would be complaining about how workers deserve better.
    And don’t forget this work (on the building) is providing jobs, something I think we are all in favor of.

  6. I don’t care about EIRs and stuff.

    I grew up in Glendale and now I live in DTLA and I do NOT understand why that police station isn’t closer to Daly or Broadway or North Main.

    I lived in 90031 since 1990.

    • Because the N.E. Division is huge. It goes up to the 134 Frwy. bordering Pasadena and the 134 Frwy. bordering Burbank, north of Griffith Park. The streets you mention are way at the southern border. It’s current location is pretty much in the middle of the division.

      • Mind you, the Northeast Area’s (they don’t call them divisions) territory was drawn after this station was built, and considering its location. If the boundaries are impossible, well, they can be redrawn again. Its current location just about a block outside Glendale makes it pretty difficult to make reasonable boundaries.

  7. They like to stay there close to where the Drew street gang clique and a huge marijuana growing operation can exist right under there noses.

    Really though, why don’t they build one in the middle of their district?

  8. Will the officers at North East get a face lift too because they need it. Glassell Park needs a library before any other project.

  9. “Fewer” toxins = less toxic.

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