November 30, 2008 Bethesda Maryland

Bethesda’s Mid-Century Police Station Endangered

It’s been a little slow for new interesting mid-century modern properties for sale, so I’m trying to catch up on some items that I’ve been meaning to get to for awhile.

For those who know Bethesda well, the 2nd District Police Station with its distinctive light-blue window panels, is likely to disappear. Montgomery County has asked for proposals to redevelop the corner of Wisconsin and Montgomery Avenues, which has an estimated worth of $2.5 million. Proposals were due Oct. 10. Police officials says the 1961 building is inadequate for the their needs and has continuing maintenance problems.

Officials from the Bethesda Urban Partnership and the Greater Bethesda-Chevy Chase Chamber of Commerce support efforts to redevelop the site, according to the Gazette. “There are places that are just prime for assemblage and development,” said David Dabney, executive director of the Bethesda Urban Partnership, a non-profit charged with the promotion and upkeep of downtown Bethesda. “… We want to update that corner and make it alive.”

I know I enjoy seeing the building whenever I drive past. I’ll miss it when the corner is made to look like everything else.