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New site of Minneapolis police's 3rd Precinct approved by city council in 8-5 vote

Minneapolis City Council approves new location for 3rd Police Precinct
Minneapolis City Council approves new location for 3rd Police Precinct 00:53

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minneapolis City Council has given the green light for the purchase of the new home of the police's 3rd Precinct.

The site, located at 2633 block of Minnehaha Avenue, was approved by the council Thursday in an 8-5 vote. It will cost $10 to buy the building, and $4 million to turn it into a community safety center.

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The location is about a half-mile north of the 3rd Precinct's previous building, which was burned by protesters in the days following the murder of George Floyd in 2020.  

Frey said last month the council had shot down most of his office's previous proposals, which he said was nearly 30 locations. The approved location was originally suggested in 2020, but Frey previously stated that "a combination of the council and the owner getting threats" led it to be dropped from consideration.

The build-out is expected to take about nine months.

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