rendering of proposed Bethesda police station Feb. 23, 2015

Public to Get Update on Plans for Bethesda Police Station

The community gets a chance to take a look at the update of the plans for the Bethesda Police Station tonight at the Bethesda-Chevy Chase Regional Services Center.

rendering of proposed Bethesda police station Feb. 23, 2015

PHOTO | Courtesy Montgomery County Department of General Services

The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m., at the center  at 4805 Edgemoor Lane, Bethesda. A representative from the county’s Department of General Services  and developer StonebridgeCarras will present the project design.

A second meeting about the project is scheduled before the Woodmont Triangle Action Group  at the Bethesda Regional Service Center, March 13, 8 a.m.

The current 2nd District Police Station was constructed over 50 years ago and serves the Bethesda-Chevy Chase area and portions of Potomac and Silver Spring. The current 21,700 gross square feet station is too small for staff and programmatic requirements and requires major building repairs and upgrades. A 2005 County Maintenance report outlined a need for $200,000 in deferred maintenance, HVAC deficiencies and security concerns. Continued population growth and development in the area also support the need for a new facility.

This project provides for design and construction of a replacement district station to serve the Bethesda Chevy-Chase area and portions of Potomac and Silver Spring included in the 2nd Police District.

The existing Bethesda Police Station was constructed in 1961 and contains 21,707 gross square feet. The station site is constrained with limited staff parking and no public parking. The station has experienced considerable deferred maintenance and requires major building repairs. District Police Stations are the center for police services for each district. They provide the base of support facilities for all District Beat Teams and serve as the “parent facility” for all satellite facilities. The District Police Stations operate 24 hours a day, 7-days a week, on a continuous basis with three shifts.

The new 2nd District Police Station will be built at 4823 Rugby Ave., Bethesda, on a vacant lot that backs to Public Parking Garage #35. The new facility will be a four-story, above grade, 38,000 square-foot structure that utilizes part of the public parking garage for police parking. The facility will be designed to conform to Montgomery County standards, including meeting green building and sustainability goals, energy guidelines, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The project will comply with Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) guidelines for LEED Silver certification.

Take a look at the concept elevations.

Krista Brick

About Krista Brick

Krista Brick is a multi-media journalist with Montgomery Community Media.


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