Glenmont residents, area commuters or anyone else whose travel routes take them through the Georgia Ave./Randolph Rd. intersection with any regularity will agree, the intersection has long needed improvement.
However, before the Maryland State Highway Administration (SHA) could proceed with plans to build a new grade separated interchange at the intersection, the current Fire Station No. 18, located at Georgia and Randolph, needed to be demolished and relocated.
Action on November 30 by the County Council now clears the way for a 19,000 gross square-foot replacement fire station to be built on the approximately 2.61-acre WMATA site adjacent to the planned parking garage on the west side of Georgia Ave. across from Glenallan Ave. Getting the relocation project on track, thus enabling the state to begin work on the interchange, has been one of County Executive Ike Leggett’s top priorities. “Not only will there be a new Station #18, located on a better site, but the interchange project will improve pedestrian and vehicular safety in this densely populated area of the county,” Leggett said.
The recommended station is designed to meet current operational requirements and accommodate modern fire fighting apparatus. The project includes living and administrative areas, gear storage, decontamination, electronic equipment rooms, and three apparatus bays.
Total estimated cost for this project is $13,032,000. The project will be funded from General Obligation Bonds.
The property acquisition is expected to be completed by the end of the year. The design phase of the project is expected to take approximately 15 months with construction to start in summer of 2012. The County anticipates completion of construction by the end of 2013.