City Police Station Taking Shape in Town Center

Chief Treschuk: Construction is on schedule.

Construction of new headquarters for the Rockville City Police Department is “right on schedule,” Chief Terrance N. Treschuk said this week.

A video slideshow of the day-to-day progress of construction is on display in the lobby of .

Neil Tyra snapped the photos in the slideshow from his law office overlooking the site. Four of the photos appear here.

Police and city officials were scheduled to meet with architects this week for one of a series of meetings to tour the office space, Treschuk said. The periodic inspections are to see if furniture fits and if electrical outlets are in the correct places, he said.

It includes the renovation of the 11,415-square-foot old U.S. Post Office in Town Center and the addition of a 14,538-square-foot freestanding annex in the adjacent lot on the site’s southwest corner.

The $8.6 million project includes the cost of the design and equipment and of moving police operations from their current home on the bottom floor of City Hall to the historic building at the corner of South Washington Street and West Montgomery Avenue.

Costello Construction of Maryland is performing the renovation. Construction is expected to take 12 to 18 months and be completed in late next summer or early fall 2012.

“I couldn’t be more thrilled," Treschuk said. "It just seems to be going well.”

Rockville 11 also is tracking the progress of construction on the new police station. Click each title in bold to view the following videos:

Old Post Office story with Councilman John Britton (February 2011). Rockville 11 goes inside the future home of the Rockville City Police Department with Councilman John Britton, Recreation and Parks Director Burt Hall and police Chief Terrance N. Treschuk.

Police Headquarters Groundbreaking segment (April 2011).
Rockville 11 covers the official groundbreaking of the new Rockville City Police Department at the old Post Office in Rockville Town Center.

On Patrol with Chief Treschuk—Police Department Update (May 2011). Rockville 11 checks in with Chief Terrance N. Treschuk to get an update on construction of the new police department headquarters. The segment includes animation showing what the new construction will look like.

New Police Headquarters Construction Update (August 2011). Rockville 11 gets an update on consturction of the new police department headquarters from Chief Terrance N. Treschuk. "I think that by this time next year we're going to be in the building," Treschuk said in the report.

 Video links courtesy Rockville 11.

Joseph Jordan November 03, 2011 at 05:24 AM
For the record, I am no one’s surrogate, nor is this an attack any more than what the Gazette and any number of Mr. Gajewski’s “surrogates” have written regarding the Mayor. I am not defending the Mayor’s vote. I am, however, calling into the question the manner in which the vote was made public, and the harm it could cause the City in future dealings with businesses interested in locating in Rockville. The minutes from the March 14, 2011 closed session were amended at the June 20, 2011 council meeting, to include votes that were taken at the original closed session on March 14. The minutes were approved for a second amendment at the August 15, 2011 meeting to include the sentence: "Topic of discussion was additional potential monetary and non-monetary incentives for the Choice Hotels project." Further, there was considerable discussions (over 90 minutes) during the meeting of March 14, all related to same topic, but just as in regular meetings, the City Clerk applied the principle of recording only the actions taken and not what was said. The Mayor and Council did not state an actual motion at the March meeting, but agreed to accept the recommendations of Mr. Silverman (County) and Mr. Bang (State).
Joseph Jordan November 03, 2011 at 05:24 AM
The offer to Choice was submitted by the State and County. The City did not submit its own offer. We know that the City’s incentives included a $156K loan, forgiven if terms are met, $323K in City tax credits, and $180K in waived permit fees, $1.2 M in parking spaces and a good faith effort to rename Middle Lane to Choice Lane. The City’s share represents 25% of the incentives offered Choice, and maybe that is disproportionate, maybe not. The point I am arguing, and the point I would like Ms. Defino, Mr. Kelley, Mr. Coyle and others to comment on is, should our elected officials be making closed session meeting proceedings available, and if they think it’s okay, why stop at things like the Choice Hotels deal? Why not personnel matters…legal matters…closed bids? As a citizen, a voter, I cannot honestly assess if the vote for or against the deal was in the best interest of the City because I have nothing to tell me what went on for 90 minutes. It very well could be the Mayor presented an alternate plan, but all we have is Mr. Gajewski’s word that she didn’t. I am sorry, but that isn’t enough for me.
Theresa Defino November 03, 2011 at 11:01 AM
Ok, if this is really your point: "It very well could be the Mayor presented an alternate plan, but all we have is Mr. Gajewski’s word that she didn’t. I am sorry, but that isn’t enough for me..." i fail to see why you don't simply ask her. You spend considerable time with her. Why are you looking to anyone but her for the answer? She has never corrected the record if she thinks it is being wrongly stated. And at every debate she's been asked about this, she has never ONCE said, "they rejected my alternate plan" or even given a hint that she had floated other ideas. That's coming from her and corroborated by witnesses, so that's good enough for me. There are many other "mystery" no votes, like against street paving, the bonds and the snow removal assistance plans that warrant scrutiny. It's all about her record. As far as the open meeting issue--it's a red herring not a pattern, and not worth debating. I have no feels either way.
Theresa Defino November 03, 2011 at 11:04 AM
lol too early -- feelings either way. See you at the polls, Joe!
Jim Coyle November 04, 2011 at 03:30 PM
I agree with Joe's one point about Executive Meeting mi nutes being kept confidential. I think this question needs to go to the City Attorney for a response. There are legitimate reasons for this and they must be upheld unless there is a legal decision to do otherwise.


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