Wheaton Redevelopment Update: Different Site Considered for Park and Planning Headquarters: April 2013

April 3, 2013

The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission is still on track to move its headquarters from Silver Spring to downtown Wheaton, but perhaps not to Parking Lot 13 as previously proposed. Instead, Park and Planning is looking across the street, to take over the site currently occupied by the Mid-County Regional Services Center at 2424 Reedie Dr. in Wheaton.

In this case, Montgomery County likely would receive the Park and Planning headquarters site at 8787 Georgia Ave. in Silver Spring, in a land swap, said Greg Ossont, deputy director of the Department of General Services.

Leggett: $67 Million More Would Be Needed to Move County Agencies to Wheaton
The County Council envisioned a “multi-user government building” in Wheaton, and discussions this past year about the new headquarters building have included plans to move county agencies from leased space in Rockville to Wheaton. But constructing additional floors on the proposed Park and Planning headquarters to house the county’s Dept of Permitting Services and the Dept of Environmental Protection would cost an estimated $67 million more than the $65 million already planned for the project in the county budget, according to a memo County Executive Isiah Leggett wrote to the County Council.

Park and Planning estimates that its new headquarters will cost approximately $59 million, according to the project description form submitted in March 2013. The project description form says that the building will include 132,000 sq ft of office space for the M-NCPPC headquarters and 10,000 sq ft for the regional service center occupants. The building may also include spaces for private commercial use.

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