University City officials vote to build new police department he -

University City officials vote to build new police department headquarters

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The University City Council voted Monday night to construct a new police department building.

For six years, officials have debated whether to renovate police headquarters or build a new building entirely.  The current police station is more than 100-years-old and almost everyone agrees it is outdated. Some believe the condition of the building poses a health risk to officers.

The city council considered two proposals. The first idea called for a $25 million renovation, which many residents in attendance at the city council meeting favored. However, the council voted 5-2 for a $12.4 million plan to build a new facility.

Despite the vote, there are still questions. In 2015, the council set aside $7 million for a new police headquarters. Officials still need to decide how to raise the additional $5 million needed.

A location also has to be selected. There are three possible spots for the new building, but those options have not been released to the public. 

Officials must also decide what to do with the old police department building.

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