CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -- Local government and police officials picked up their shovels and put on a hard hat to break ground Wednesday morning on a new $7million police sub-station.
The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department is replacing the current Steele Creek office on Shopton Road, with the new facility at the corner of Westinghouse Boulevard and South Tryon. Construction could take a year or more.
Local business employees are excited about the stronger police presence and higher visibility the new division will bring. The current office is hard to see from Shopton Road and has a fence around the perimeter.
"Seven-million. That's nothing compared to the benefits we'll get from the station," said neighborhood activist Virginia Keogh.
She says it will help connect police and the community with easier access and help reduce crime by giving police a strong perceived presence. The same amount of officers will work in the new division as the old.
Once finished, it will be the fourth new division office for CMPD in four years. The Metro Division opened a new station two years ago. New buildings are on the way for the Providence, Eastway and now, Steele Creek divisions.
The expenses were approved by City Council at a cost of $25.3 million. Assistant City Manager Erica Campbell said the new locations fit with their strategic goal to have increase visibility in neighborhoods and greater police access.