KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Demolition work started Monday to pave the way for the Kansas City Police Department's new East Patrol Division headquarters and Crime Lab campus, which will be built near 2640 Olive St. in Kansas City, Mo.
The first of 71 buildings was demolished.
Former owners of some of those properties objected several months ago to their homes being demolished for the project. After weeks of debate, those homeowners reached an agreement with Kansas City to be compensated for their homes and property, which cleared the way for construction to begin.
However, some nearby residents are not happy that their friends lost their homes.
"I feel in many ways like they're tearing down our neighborhood," Ayyonna Andrews said.
Andrews is 23. She was born and raised near 26th Street and Olive and still lives there today. Her home is safe, but she misses her friends and relatives who had to sell and leave.
"I used to be able to walk up and down the street and visit everybody, and now I can't," Andrews added.
But Kansas City Council representative Jermaine Reed is focusing on the progress the new East Patrol Division could bring to the area.
"We're hoping new businesses will locate in this area once the new headquarters is built, and that will bring more jobs and economic growth here," Reed explained.
Construction on the East Patrol Division Station and Crime Lab campus is expected to be completed later this year.