Neighbors vent frustrations over new KCPD East Patrol station and crime lab

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The City of Kansas City and the Kansas City Police Department's East Patrol held three meetings Wednesday to discuss the construction of a new station and crime lab.

It will be built between 26th and 27th streets and Brooklyn and Prospect Avenue.

The new facilities mean approximately 130 properties will be bought out.  About half are abandoned, the other are a mix of renters and homeowners.

People living in the area will be given three appraisals. The highest will become the offer.

Dozens of residents asked questions during the 8 a.m. session. Some are frustrated that the decision was made without consulting the community. Others are concerned about the elderly being forced to move and pay a mortgage again. Still others wonder why an abandoned school property wasn't chosen.

Police say they looked at 25 sites. But this was the only area that met all seven criteria. Police say the area is accessible to pedestrians and already has a high crime rate.

Construction is set to begin in 2012 and finish in 2014.

Residents have until spring 2012 to arrive at a price and move.

Meetings were to be held at 8 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Mount Calvary Church of God in Christ, 2601 Brooklyn Ave., Kansas City, Mo.

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