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KC police hope new station helps low-income neighborhood

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KANSAS CITY, MO (KCTV) -

Kansas City police hope a new station in a low-income neighborhood will help turn it around.

A networking event designed to bring low-income job seekers and small businesses together with the architects and engineers who are designing a division station and crime lab campus for the Kansas City, MO, Police Department is an opportunity for the community to become directly involved in the process of building the new station.

The event was held from 5 to 7 p.m. on the first floor atrium at the Historic Lincoln Building, located at 18th and Vine.

The new $57 million East Patrol Division Station and Crime Lab Campus, that's set to be built on Prospect Avenue between 26th and 27th streets, has been federalized. The goal is to bring together low-income job seekers and small businesses located in the area, who have been certified HUD Section 3 by the KCMO Human Relations Department, with the architects and engineers designing the project.

The event provides hiring and contract opportunities for low-income and public housing residents, as well as small businesses.

"This is a $57 million project when you include construction and land acquisition and all the parts of it and, really, if you want to be part of the project, you want to have that opportunity, then being a Section 3 business and becoming active in networking and talking with the consultants and the sub-consultants is really important," KCMO police Sgt. Mark Stinson said.

At the networking event, companies with contracts to provide architectural, engineering, deconstruction and other project-related services were looking for employees or sub-contractors who can assist their efforts.

Construction is expected to start in the spring of 2013 and be completed in the spring of 2015.

For more information, call 816-616-4236 or email kceastcampusnews@me.com.

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