Contract awarded for Lexington Park sheriff’s substation
Work to be finished by Nov. 2019
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.
A concept drawing of the new sheriff’s office District 4 substation in Lexington Park, expected to begin construction in December.