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Groundbreaking held for new Midtown Hills Precinct

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday morning for a new Metro police precinct.

The Midtown Hills Precinct will be built in the 12 South neighborhood on the corner of 12th Avenue South and Wade Avenue, just north of Wedgewood Avenue.

The area was recently named one of the top 25 most dangerous cities in America by the Web site, Neighborhood Scout.

Metro police could not provide 2012 crime statistics on Tuesday. News 2 searched Crimemapper.com which tracks crime reports nationwide.

As of August 1st through September 24th, Crimemapper.com showed 239 police reports in a one-mile radius of the future home of the Midtown Hills precinct.

When complete, the precinct will cover an estimated 46 square miles and include the communities of Edgehill, Green Hills, Forest Hills, Oak Hill, Crieve Hall and Nippers Corner, as well as Vanderbilt, Belmont and Lipscomb universities.

Nashville Mayor Karl Dean joined Police Chief Steven Anderson for Tuesday's groundbreaking.

"Like Nashville's seven other precincts, Midtown Hills will essentially serve as a mini police department with its own commander to serve the neighborhoods around it," Chief Anderson said. "It is through those partnerships with neighborhoods that we are together making a real difference in directly addressing crime and enhancing quality of life for Nashville's families."

Mayor Dean added, "When the Midtown Hills Precinct opens, patrol officers will have less area to cover and that gives them more time to spend getting to know and building trust with the people they protect."

The 23,000 square foot project is expected to cost $9.7 million.  It will include a large community room to serve as a gathering place for neighborhood meetings and other events.

Metro police hope to have the new precinct open by the middle of next year.

Midtown Hills is the second new precinct to open during Mayor Dean's tenure.

The first was the Madison Precinct, which opened in January of 2012.

Additionally, Mayor Dean opened a replacement West Precinct in December of 2011.

A new Central Precinct is currently under construction near the Music City Center to replace the precinct currently located at Bridgestone Arena.

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