HUDSON YARDS, Manhattan — Members of the FDNY union are demanding the city of New York and Mayor Bill de Blasio provide funding for a firehouse in Hudson Yards as the recently constructed mega-project in the area is anticipated to attract new residents and millions of tourists.
As the mega-project is anticipated to bring over 125,000 new residents to the west side of Manhattan, officials discussed the major safety concerns at a press conference Thursday.
Hudson Yards is expected to be home to thousands of luxury apartments, and without a local fire engine and ladder company, fire officials believe the city is putting the health, safety and well-being of tourists, residents and the property in jeopardy.
The nearest firehouse locations are stretched thin and have seen increased activity up to 30-percent, according to reports.
With traffic and congestion expected to increase following the mega-project’s completion, fire officials are warning that response times may be delayed.
Hudson Yards is expected to have a total price-tag of $7.6 billion dollars, with its honeycomb-like structure anticipated to attract millions of tourists annually.
Some parts of Hudson Yards are slated to open to the public on Friday.