Ground has been ceremonially broken for the already-in-progress East Patrol Police station/crime lab construction in Kansas City, Mo.
Chrome plated shovels were planted in dirt but it was obvious heavy equipment had been working for weeks. About 80 houses were torn down for the 17-acre, $74 million project.
Nearly every speaker talked about those who gave up property, some unwillingly. Though, there were no protestors visible at the gathering.
Kansas City's new crime lab won't be as big as the Police department hoped, but the mayor is still calling it a victory.
The city council stopped about $6 million short of funding the construction of the full 71,000 square foot crime lab police wanted.
The Kansas City city council postponed approving the sale of up to $85 million in bonds for construction of a new East Patrol complex Thursday.The difficulty was in deciding how much needs to be spent and how much the city can afford.
A Kansas City city council committee is talking tougher on property at the site of the new East Patrol police campus between Brooklyn and Prospect off of 27th Street.