Con­tract awarded for Lex­ing­ton Park sher­iff’s sub­sta­tion

Work to be fin­ished by Nov. 2019

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By TAY­LOR DEVILLE tdev­ille@somd­news.com

The St. Mary’s County com­mis­sion­ers on Tues­day unan­i­mously ap­proved a con­tract to in­stall a new sub­sta­tion for the sher­iff’s of­fice in Lex­ing­ton Park.

Rain­bow Con­struc­tion Corp. of Wal­dorf was awarded a $3,077,200 con­tract to con­vert the old Lex­ing­ton Park Vol­un­teer Res­cue Squad build­ing, lo­cated at 21633 Great Mills Road, into the new

sher­iff’s of­fice dis­trict 4 of­fice.

The ren­o­vated build­ing will in­clude pro­cess­ing, meet­ing and con­fer­ence room space, three hold­ing cells, two in­ter­view rooms, a roll call and train­ing room, break room, ev­i­dence bay and stor­age area.

“This has been a long time com­ing,” Com­mis­sioner Todd

Mor­gan (R) said. “It’s awarded, it’s done.”

Con­struc­tion on the new sta­tion was ini­tially ex­pected to be­gin in fall 2016, ac­cord­ing to the county’s 2017 bud­get. The project was de­layed as the St. Mary’s County Depart­ment of Pub­lic Works and Trans­porta­tion worked to se­cure ease­ment agree­ments from The Church of the As­cen­sion and a branch of PNC Bank, neigh­bors of the old res­cue squad build­ing.

Con­struc­tion on the old res-

cue squad build­ing is ex­pected to start in De­cem­ber and be com­pleted by No­vem­ber next year, ac­cord­ing to a sher­iff’s of­fice press re­lease.

The Lex­ing­ton Park Com­mu­nity Polic­ing Unit is cur­rently rent­ing space on the other side of Great Mills Road from the old res­cue squad build­ing, which is to be gut­ted and ren­o­vated into the new sub­sta­tion.

St. Mary’s gov­ern­ment bought the 17,327-square-foot prop­erty in 2014 for $450,000

af­ter the res­cue squad moved into a new build­ing nearby. The old 6,060-square-foot build­ing will have its roof, win­dows, doors, in­te­rior par­ti­tions and util­ity in­fra­struc­ture de­mol­ished.

The new sub­sta­tion is “one part of the puz­zle that’s fi­nally com­ing to­gether for pub­lic safety,” Maj. Mike Mer­i­can, as­sis­tant sher­iff, said Tues­day. Plans to add a new women’s wing and med­i­cal unit to the county’s adult de­ten­tion cen­ter

are also mov­ing for­ward, ex­pected to be­gin con­struc­tion in 2020.

The new sub­sta­tion will put the sher­iff’s of­fice “right in the mid­dle of Lex­ing­ton Park,” Mer­i­can said.

“The cit­i­zens of Lex­ing­ton Park are look­ing for­ward to the con­struc­tion, com­ple­tion and oc­cu­pancy of that build­ing,” Mor­gan said.

“Get it done,” Com­mis­sioner Pres­i­dent Randy Guy (R) said.

SUB­MIT­TED IL­LUS­TRA­TION

A con­cept draw­ing of the new sher­iff’s of­fice Dis­trict 4 sub­sta­tion in Lex­ing­ton Park, ex­pected to be­gin con­struc­tion in De­cem­ber.

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