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Task force discussing funding for new Creve Coeur government center

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By Stephanie Baumer By Stephanie Baumer

CREVE COEUR, Mo. (KMOV.com)-- According to the citizen Government Center Needs Assessment Task Force in Creve Coeur, officials looking to build a new police station and renovate an outdated government center at 300 N. New Ballas Rd. are looking at spending $10.3 to $11.9 million.

The price tag on the projects could escalate to $15.5 million for an all-new government center and police station on the same property. 

Specifics for raising the funds needed are still being worked on, but additional taxes could be used to pay off the $16 million in bonds for the projects, according to the task force. 

"This is a building that was built as a school. It had several additions over time," said City Administrator Mark Perkins. 

Perkins also said that the part of the building being used by police was overcrowded and lacks accessibility and safety. 

According to a study by bond architects in 2014, all departments in the building need more space, meeting rooms and restrooms. The study also stated that people have a difficult time maneuvering inside the building, especially between the court and finance offices. 

The bond architects also said the building systems need to be updated, as well as the unwelcoming appearance of the center. 

The center was built in the late 1940s and was renovated in the 1980s, after it was acquired for a government center. 

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