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Developer to Build New Police Station, Get Old Station Site

The council voted unanimously that the site of the current Montgomery County Police Department Second District station would no longer be needed once the new station is built.

The current Montgomery County Police Department Second District station was built in 1961. Patch file photo.
The current Montgomery County Police Department Second District station was built in 1961. Patch file photo.

Once the Montgomery County Police Department Second District station moves from 7359 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, to 4823 Rugby Ave., the county will have no further use for the building or the property on Wisconsin Avenue, the county council unanimously decided on Tuesday.

StonebridgeCarras, the contractor to build the new station on Rugby Avenue, will receive the 7359 Wisconsin Ave. site "in exchange for the design, construction and conveyance" of a new Montgomery County Police Department Second District station on Rugby Avenue, according to a memo from a county legislative analyst to the county council. 

The Second District station serves Bethesda, Chevy Chase and parts of Potomac and Silver Spring. The current station was built in 1961, and its size and design are out-of-date.

When built, the new Rugby Avenue station will be four stories (about 60 feet) tall, with 32,482 square feet, according to the memo. 

The new station is expected to be mostly complete by summer 2016, according to the memo. Originally, the new station was estimated to cost the county about $9 million, but an updated cost may need to be assessed, Bethesda Now reported earlier this fall.

Earlier this year, developer JBG Companies backed out of a bid to build the new police station, Patch reported.

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