A press release has been issued announcing a new heliport coming to Newark for the NPD and commercial use.
RotorNews: Air Pegasus Helicopters to Develop World-Class Heliplex for City of Newark, New Jersey
Air Pegasus Helicopters, LLC (APH) today announced a plan to develop a world-class and state-of-the-art heliplex facility for the City of Newark to be built on Grafton Avenue adjacent to the planned Newark Police Department precinct. The Air Pegasus Metro Heliplex will provide a full-service facility to the Newark Police Department Aviation Unit to reduce helicopter response times and operational costs and will enhance Newark Mayor Cory Booker’s laudable crime-reduction initiatives.
“This is an important project to bolster Newark’s plan to increase public safety and to help reinvigorate economic development in this community,” said Steven Trenk, Managing Director of Air Pegasus Helicopters, LLC. “I am proud that we are able to take the lead in a project that I know is right for the community, right for the Newark Police Department, and right for the City of Newark.”
The City of Newark recently established a Police Department Aviation Unit as part of its comprehensive strategy to increase public safety and reduce crime. The Unit operates two helicopters that provide support and an increased police presence over crime scenes and significantly reduce police response times throughout the city. The Aviation Unit provides an eye in the sky to patrol and investigative units and can quickly respond to any section of the City. The use of the helicopter reduces the dangers of police pursuits and dramatically increases the likelihood of suspect apprehensions. The goal of the heliplex is to provide a centralized base of operations within the City of Newark to facilitate the Aviation Unit’s operations and to reduce response times and operational costs.
The heliplex would complement the development of a three-acre site currently owned by the city at the intersection of Grafton Avenue and McCarther Highway. Mayor Booker plans to develop this site with a community center and a new Police precinct. Air Pegasus will commercially develop the 5 acres adjacent to this site to compliment the new community center and police precinct facilities.
The Times provided a few details on the contract for the construction, noting that Pegasus’ president, Steven Trenk, has ties to the Booker administration. Funding for the $10 million project is provided by “the Trenk Family, institutional financing and governmental sources” — though Newark’s specific budget impact is as yet undisclosed.
New York Times: Contract Awarded for Newark Heliport
Pegasus is led by Steven Trenk, a first cousin of Richard Trenk, a former partner with Mayor Cory A. Booker of Newark at the law firm Booker, Rabinowitz, Trenk, Lubetkin, Tully, DiPasquale & Webster of West Orange, N.J.
Information about the contract and the Trenks was not immediately available, Esmeralda Diaz Cameron, a spokeswoman for Mr. Booker, said Wednesday night.
According to a news release from Pegasus, financing for the “world-class heliplex” would come from “the Trenk family, institutional financing and governmental sources.”
A Pegasus spokesman said he lacked details about the contract and could not immediately reach Steven Trenk. A message left Wednesday night at Steven Trenk’s home was not returned. Richard Trenk declined to comment on Wednesday night.
The heliport is expected to be operational later this year.