City helps homeowners adjust to moving out of their homes for new patrol station

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Yeshimebet Mays sat on the front porch of her Kansas City home on Thursday afternoon, knowing her time at the home she's owned for 20 years is coming to an end.

Mays said she will miss the neighborhood and the children who live there.

"They call me the mama lion because I use to chase them down the street because they use to be out gambling," said Mays.

Mays is one of 88 property owners who will lose their homes to the city. Kansas City leaders plan to build a $57 million dollar East Patrol police station and crime lab on the property near 26th and Brooklyn.

Mays has accepted the city's offer and is looking forward to the next chapter in her life. She plans to buy another house in the same neighborhood.

"I walked in here 21 years ago as the owner; I'm going to walk into the next place as the owner," said Mays.

The city has come to an agreement with 45 percent of the property owners, 55 percent of the property owners have yet to respond or are still negotiating a sales price.

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