Developers unveiled plans for the new Bethesda police station Friday, saying they are close to completing their $10 million land-swap deal with Montgomery County.
On Friday, representatives of JBG Cos. announced plans to build a three-story, 30,000-square-foot police station at the 7900 block of Wisconsin Avenue, valued at $21.8 million as part of a larger, private commercial development.
Holly Hull, an associate development officer with JBG, said if negotiations with Montgomery County go well, a deal could be finalized by the end of this year, with construction starting in early 2013 and completion slated for 2015.
“We’re wrapping up our deal right now with the county,” she said. “The goal would be to put something together by the end of the year.”
Talks between the company and the county have been ongoing since 2008, when Montgomery County solicited bids for a new station in downtown Bethesda and chose JBG’s land-trade deal. The proposal would give the company the land where the current station sits — valued at $8.7 million — as well as $9.25 million for design of the building as well as furniture and equipment for a new station, according to county records.
The current station, which is about 21,500 square feet, was build in 1961 and is undersized for Bethesda’s 2nd District station, which calls the Wisconsin Avenue building home, David Dise, director of the county’s Department of General Services, wrote in a staff memo to the Montgomery County Council in May.
Hull said the station is not compliant with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act, which requires public facilties to be handicap-accessible, and does not have a sufficient heating and air-conditioning system. She said parking also has been a problem as the station has little private parking for police cruisers.
The new station will be built as part of a larger development on Wisconsin. Located between Woodmont and Bethesda avenues, the development would include a 600,000-square foot apartment building with shops along the ground floor, JBG Executive Development Officer John Schlichting said Friday at a meeting of the Woodmont Triangle Action Group, a downtown Bethesda advisory group.
The new station and the rest of the development ultimately will be designed by FXFOWLE Architects, designers of the New York Times headquarters in New York, Schlichting said.
The 2nd District station serves Potomac, Bethesda, North Bethesda, Kensington, Chevy Chase, and southern unincorporated Rockville.