SAN ANTONIO More police are coming to one of San Antonio’s fastest growing downtown areas.
San Antonio Police and City of San Antonio officials on Friday began construction on a new substation on St. Mary’s Street, which is being built in response to the large number of businesses, homeowners and people who visit the area on a daily basis.
“Many residents of the area have asked for this, including business owners,” said Mario Bravo, District 1 City Council member.
The new substation is located on the corner of St. Mary and Locust streets, south of the busy lane.
The nearly $22 million project is expected to be completed by early 2024. The two-story building will have an area of approximately 24,000 square feet.
The construction is part of the Bond project for 2017-2022.
“It’s all about territory growth,” said San Antonio Police Chief William McManus. “It will be much better for the area. This will make people feel safe. This will be the landmark for the band here.
The new station will serve the so-called downtown area of San Antonio.
Officers assigned to the substation will also answer calls in nearby areas such as the Pearl, River Walk, Brackenridge Park and San Antonio College.
The substation will be a fully functional police station with crisis and property crime response team offices, interrogation rooms, a community conference room, and open public space.
“We have 2,300 housing units that are either being designed or under construction right now in this area. There is demand now, but there will be even more demand in the future,” Bravo said.
Officials said the substation’s proximity to St. Mary’s Strip and the area’s lively nightlife would also benefit businesses and residents when it comes to crime.
“There will be 28 new policemen here. There will be more presence and faster response times in the area,” Bravo said.
McManus said: “Having a substation in any area provides an added safety measure that makes people feel safe. Higher visibility and that’s what it’s all about.”
St. Mary’s Street resident Alison Beam has lived in the area for three years and welcomes the construction, which city officials say will not affect the street itself.
“You have many businesses along the St Mary Strip. You have a gem, a river walk and it’s a good central location for the area. They also include a community center and some public art that will really bring people together,” Beam said. “I think that when the construction is completed and there is a police station here, the situation will improve for everyone, whether it be businesses or local residents.”
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