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UNIVERSITY CITY, MO (KTVI) – University City citizens raised questions Monday night about the fact their city’s police department building has been condemned.

“It’s a disgrace what’s going on here,” one citizen told the city council.  “We cannot address the issued right next to us for the people who protect us.”

Council member Paulette Carr called the situation neglect.   A recent inspection found mold, asbestos and other problems creating biological and chemical hazards.

“We haven’t done anything with the police station,” said Carr.  “We’ve known for a long time that we should do something.”

The city manager told council members it could take up to three months to move them somewhere else.  He said the city is considering three options.  One possible solution is to remediate the problems.  Another option is to find a vacant building.  The third option would be to rent modular units.

The city says long term solutions are to renovate the existing building or build a new structure.  Renovations would cost $25 million and new construction would cost $12 million, according to the city manager.