Leon Mercer Jordan Campus
The Leon Mercer Jordan Campus is located at Prospect Avenue and 27th Street will have a significant economic impact on Kansas City east side citizens and businesses, while also benefiting the City’s taxpayers.
The new campus includes the East Patrol Division Station (rendering pictured above), located at 2640 Prospect Avenue, and the Crime Lab (rendering pictured below), located at 2645 Brooklyn Avenue, and was funded by Kansas City’s 2010 Public Safety Sales Tax Renewal.
Learn more of the complex nature of the project:
- See the most updated Leon Mercer Jordan Campus Project Info Packet
- Visit the Score Card on Workforce page
- Visit the Public Meetings and Events page
- Visit the East Campus News page
- Visit the Workforce and Section 3 page
- Visit the Affected Residents page
- Visit the Site Selection Process page
Please refer to these pages frequently, as they are updated when additional information becomes available and opportunities develop.
The Leon Mercer Jordan Campus represents an unprecedented investment in the Third District of Kansas City, Missouri. The new campus features a police division station, a multi-purpose building, a state-of-the-art crime lab, and a property and evidence repository.
“By combining several critical capital improvement projects on one campus, we achieve economies of scale and use the Public Safety Sales Tax dollars in the most prudent way possible,” said Colonel Jerry Gallagher of the Kansas City Police Department.
“Shared utilities and other shared facilities allow us to lower project construction and maintenance costs. At the same time, we improve the security of the surrounding area by our concentrated police presence,” he continued.
The Crime Lab is better located to collect crime scene evidence and is in closer proximity to the Courts, according to Colonel Gallagher, saving time and money for the department. Other benefits are the site’s close proximity to Hwy. 71, and how accessible the site is to people traveling by foot, bike, car or bus.
There were construction workers in the area for the two years of the construction phase of the project, and the City of Kansas City, Missouri, worked diligently with HUD to be sure low-income residents and businesses benefit. The project was leveraged to spark training and employment opportunities for low-income workers, and the project was governed by HUD Section 3 guidelines.
Aggressive efforts are being made to ensure that the Leon Mercer Jordan Campus will have a concrete positive effect on the neighborhoods it serves, as well as the City of Kansas City, Missouri as a whole.
Information pages provide details on the complex nature of the project:
- The Public Meetings and Events page
- The Leon Mercer Jordan East Patrol Campus News page
- The Workforce and Section 3 page
- The Affected Residents page
- The Site Selection Process page
Please refer to these pages frequently, as they are updated when additional information becomes available.
The Old East Patrol Division
The old East Patrol Division was located at 5301 E. 27th Street, and the building was originally built in 1949 as the Police Department’s FM radio station.
- An aging building
- Landlocked with inadequate parking
- Leaking roof
- Decaying concrete
- HVAC problems
- Design and size do not meet community needs
The solution is a new East Patrol Division station similar to the new Metro Patrol Division station, designed and built specifically to the present and future needs of East Patrol Division. The functional needs of East Patrol Division are a mirror image of the most recently constructed Metro Patrol Division facility. The cost of land acquisition, design, and construction of the new East Patrol Division Station and Crime Lab Police Campus were funded by Kansas City’s Public Safety Sales Tax, which was renewed by the citizens of Kansas City in November of 2010.
The Old Crime Lab
The old Crime Lab was housed in a former pharmaceutical lab located at 6633 Troost Avenue. It was only 32,000 square feet.
- Not specifically built to be a Crime Lab
- Not enough space
- HVAC problems
- “Wet” fire suppression
- Security issues
- Does not meet the needs of the Crime Lab
The solution is the new Regional Crime Lab, designed and built specifically to the present and future needs of a state-of-the-art Crime Lab facility. The national accreditation standard for crime labs is to provide 1,000 square feet per employee.
Progress Thus Far …
The land acquisition process is complete. Every home and land owner in the affected 4-block area worked with the Right of Way and Relocation Services Division of the City of Kansas City, Missouri. Offers were made and most were accepted at a steady pace. Closings began on March 8, 2012 when the land acquisition money became available. Demolition and deconstruction efforts began in January 2013 as property-owners relocated. All properties on the site were demolished and deconstructed by November 2013, and site preparation work began in Fall 2013. The project Groundbreaking event happened on November 19, 2013, and the project Construction Kick-Off event took place on May 22, 2014. The Dedication is on December 1, 2015. Construction is nearly entirely complete on the site, the East Patrol Division Station, and the Regional Crime Lab.
The KCPD’s Capital Improvements Unit worked with Helix Architecture + Design in association with Wellner Architects to design the Leon Mercer Jordan Campus, navigating a master planning process that lead to a more detailed design phase. The project team worked together to make final decisions regarding the exterior design of the buildings on the campus. The team’s goal was to build a campus that fits into, and works well, with the surrounding neighborhood both in a practical sense and aesthetically.
The KCPD’s Capital Improvements Unit worked with JE Dunn / Alexander Mechanical, A Joint Venture on construction management of the new campus. The project is finished in Winter 2015-2016.
Officer Lee Rafferty is the Project Officer for the Construction of the East Campus Project.
Chris Hernandez is the Communications Director with the City of Kansas City, Missouri.