~ In a joint effort to address safety concerns in the surrounding neighborhoods, multiple St. Louis City agencies under the Department of Public Safety conducted a coordinated enforcement operation at St. Alexius Hospital - Jefferson Campus this morning.

According to Mayor Tishaura O. Jones, the action was taken in response to the concerns raised by residents and is a testament to the city's commitment to addressing long-standing issues with problem properties. "The City of St. Louis continues to listen to our residents and take decisive action on long-standing problem properties," said Mayor Jones.

Alderwoman Alisha Sonnier (Ward 7) was present at the operation and expressed her gratitude for the coordinated effort of multiple city agencies. She also acknowledged the persistence of Gravois Park residents in bringing attention to the neglect of the privately owned facility. "To the residents of Gravois Park, I want you all to know that I hear you and see you," said Sonnier.

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The city has been in communication with the property owners for several months, urging them to take necessary steps to secure their building. However, given their failure to do so, today's actions were planned for several weeks. After securing the facility, city officials and personnel met with the property owners and pushed for increased security measures, which they agreed to implement.

Buildings Commissioner Ed Ware emphasized that it is their responsibility as public officials to ensure the safety and security of St. Louis City residents when private property owners fail to act. "The former St. Alexius hospital campus has made these neighborhoods less safe for too long," said Commissioner Ware.

The coordinated effort involved various public safety agencies such as the St. Louis Fire Department, St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and Buildings Division. The Department of Human Services also had representatives on-site during the operation.

This joint enforcement operation serves as a reminder that the City of St. Louis is committed to addressing safety concerns and holding property owners accountable for their neglect. The efforts of multiple city agencies demonstrate the city's dedication to making its neighborhoods safer for all residents.

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