911 and 311 center consolidation on hold in Philadelphia

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 Philadelphia Councilman Bobby Henon said  questions linger about the proposed consolidation of the city's 911 and 311 centers. (NewsWorks file photo)

Philadelphia Councilman Bobby Henon said questions linger about the proposed consolidation of the city's 911 and 311 centers. (NewsWorks file photo)

Plans to relocate Philadelphia’s 911 and 311 call centers have been put on hold because of lingering questions.

A City Council measure was designed to pay for relocating and consolidating the emergency and non-emergency dispatch centers in the former Quartermaster Depot in South Philly.

But Councilman Bobby Henon, who chairs the public property and public works committee, said questions about that plan remain unanswered.

“It’s a 15-year investment, upwards of $30 million financial investment,  and I want to make sure we vet it out properly and have all our things in order as we move forward,” Henon said Monday.

Mayor Michael Nutter’s chief of staff Everett Gillison said he was perplexed by the delay.

“I don’t know what the questions are,” he said. Henon “asked that I sit down and talk with him.  I’m always available to talk with him, and look forward to it.”

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