St. Louis County Opens Long-Awaited Neighborhood of Affton Southwest – St. Louis Call Newspapers
St. Louis County broke ground on the long-awaited new South County Police Station building last week.
Groundbreaking took place on October 19 at the site of what will be the new Affton Southwest neighborhood at 11520 Gravois Road, in the former Sappington Garden Shop. The building is being funded by Proposition P of 2017, a public safety sales tax that will fund $27.6 million to build the new South County neighborhood, as well as the new North County neighborhood.
County Executive Sam Page, Chief Kenneth Gregory, a representative from the office of 6th District Councilman Ernie Trakas and other elected officials and police officers attended the event.
“St. Louis County is blessed with a professional and well-trained police department. Public safety is a top concern for residents and our businesses and they expect a safe place to live, work and raise a family,” said Page. “That’s why I’m here today with all of you…for the grand opening of the Affton Southwest district. »
The Affton-South West neighborhood, Ward 3, is in rented space at 5030 Griffin Road as the former neighborhood becomes a health and safety hazard. The precinct moved to its current temporary location in 2019; before that it was temporarily located in Crestwood. The original compound at 9928 Gravois Road closed in 2018 due to mold.
The new neighborhood will be over 15,000 square feet, triple the size of the leased space.
“(The rented space) is too small, making it impossible to safely process and detain suspects,” Page said.
Captain Guy Means, Captain of the Affton Southwest compound, thanked the surrounding community for their patience while waiting for the project to start.
“It’s been a long time coming…I want to especially thank the citizens and businesses of Affton for their dedication to helping this project through,” Means said.
Both COVID-19 and politics have delayed both constituencies. The enclosure designs for Affton Southwest were completed in April 2019 when former county executive Steve Stenger resigned after pleading guilty to federal corruption charges. In October 2020, it emerged that the South County project was in jeopardy after Page Budget Director Paul Kreidler said the Affton Southwest Precinct was on hold and the new North County Precinct would go from there. forward instead while outlining Page’s proposed 2021 budget. This is despite the Affton Southwest precinct being further along in the process. The situation prompted Trakas to seek out and strike a deal with Page to continue the project.
Trakas was not present at the groundbreaking, but a representative from his office, Earl Simms, said “this new home is just a small way to thank” the officers for their “dedication and sacrifice”.
Wright Construction Services is the general contractor for the project and is expected to last approximately 15 months, with operations expected to begin from the building in early 2024.
Both projects exceed Page’s targets for minority-owned and women-owned business participation, with about 50% participation for both. A groundbreaking ceremony for the North County compound is scheduled for Nov. 2.
Barring construction delays, the North County precinct is expected to be completed by the end of 2023, while the South West Affton precinct is expected to open in early 2024.