Residents told KPLR's Shirley Washington they would oppose a new police precinct at 319 Sappington Barracks Road.
St. Louis County officials announced the new site in May and said the facility was badly needed.
The county rents its current station on Telegraph Road, along with two other substations in Mehlville and Oakville. It spends more than $120,000 annually in rent.
The new facility would cost approximately $1.7 million and be financed through rent savings and bonds. The new precinct wouldn’t cost taxpayers anything, Sixth District County Councilman Steve Stenger said in May.
The county already owns the lot near the intersection of Telegraph Road and Sappington Barracks. The Jefferson Barracks Boys and Girls Club rarely use the facility and offered to give it up for the new station.
The current South County Precinct is not big enough to host neighborhood watch meetings or all of its officers, and parking is always a struggle said Capt. Jim Schneider.
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