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City planning first-of-its-kind police station in International District

Kai Porter
July 12, 2018 06:19 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The City of Albuquerque hopes a new police station in the International District will help reduce crime.

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It will go up at the corner of San Mateo and Kathryn. It will take the place of a crime-ridden, abandoned shopping center that once stood there.

"This is going to help alleviate our crime problem which is unfortunate,” said Idalia Lechuga-Tena, a former state representative and president of La Mesa Community Improvement Association. “But I think everybody in the community is excited and so am I."

The new substation will replace the one at Louisana and Kathryn. It’s 30 years old and in need of repair.

The plan also includes a park.

"We're going to do more than just build a police station,” said City Councilor Pat David. “We're trying build a center for community policing.”

The project's expected to cost $10 million. The city already has $5 million set aside which is enough to start construction in early 2019.

"We're about halfway there. That means that we're going to be asking our legislators and we're going to be asking taxpayers at their next election to go to the ballot and vote for bonds that we need to finish it,” said Davis. “But we have enough to get started and so we want to show the community we're listening."

For people who want to offer input on the new police station plan, there's a public meeting Monday, July 16 at Whittier Elementary at 5:30 p.m.

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