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The county has not commented on or confirmed the plans to turn the location into a police precinct.
The purchase will be paid for using the city’s SPLOST funds, officials said. The City Council agreed to pay Sears $105,000 in earnest money while the city does an appraisal, inspections and testing on the property.
The location of the old Sears building — a massive structure connected to the mall — will be integral to the police department’s ability to fight crime in the area, city leaders said.
“The Sears building for me is an opportunity to bring public safety closer to the city of Stonecrest. One of the problems that many merchants face is theft,” said Stonecrest Councilman Jimmy Clanton, who represents the district where the mall is located. “This facility will help address not only public safety concerns but provide economic help for our city. We’re now doing something about some of the abandoned buildings.”
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