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Groundbreaking held for new Whitefield Ave. police precinct

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A new police precinct in District 1, right by Truman Parkway, is in the works as city officials broke ground on the land Wednesday.

Officials tell WTOC the building will be almost exactly like the Islands precinct on Johnny Mercer Boulevard.  And the resident who pushed to get this in her neighborhood tells WTOC she is so happy this day has come.

"Our precinct was taken away and moved to Whitemarsh Island, which left us out here in a void,” said Anita Adair.

Adair is an Isle of Hope resident who says she pushed for commissioners to get a new precinct in her neighborhood after they removed the precinct from Skidaway Road a few years back.

Wednesday, city officials held a ground breaking where the precinct will sit on Whitefield Avenue right by the Truman on-ramp. Residents in this area tell WTOC they're so excited to see a new precinct coming in this area after their other one was taken away.

"Having extra police in the area means they can patrol more,” said Adair. “The residents now are very concerned about police visibility in this area."

County Commissioner Helen Stone says she listened to residents in her district.

"Having cars in and out, having a physical building and having a place for people to go means a lot to the residents,” said Commissioner Stone.

She adds this new precinct will be built from SPLOST money.

Leon Davenport, the county engineer, says the building will be an almost exact replica to the Islands precinct on Johnny Mercer Boulevard, including the around 6,000 square footage and it will be able to withstand a Category-3 storm.

"You know most people say Savannah is protected, we'll never have one. But when you do, you’d like for you critical facilities like the police department to still be standing once the storm is gone,” said Davenport.

The county engineer said this new precinct should be open in spring of 2017.

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