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Mayor Gray Kicks off MPD’s 6th District Headquarters and Youth Investigations Division Construction Project

Friday, February 7, 2014

Mayor Gray Kicks off MPD’s 6th District Headquarters and Youth Investigations Division Construction Project

DGS Begins the Transformation of Merritt Middle School into New MPD’s Facility

(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray today joined public-safety officials to celebrate the start of construction that will transform the vacant Merritt Middle School into the new headquarters for the Metropolitan Police Department’s (MPD) Sixth District Headquarters and MPD’s Youth Investigations Division.

“The transformation of Merritt School for the Metropolitan Police Department is another example of how the District is leveraging every facility and asset possible to support the work of our first responders,” Mayor Gray said. “This makes all of us safer.”

The overall goal of the project is to convert the outdated, 38-year-old building into an 80,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility. The $25 million project represents yet another significant investment in the Ward 7 community by the Gray Administration.

“The new site will allow us to provide our officers and residents with a brand-new facility and a more pleasant work environment to complement modern police operations and our community-outreach programs,” said Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

The renovation project will transform the vacant building into an office building, with support spaces, a gymnasium and community room, on-site parking, extensive site improvements, and environmentally sustainable landscaping. The building’s mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems will be replaced with modern, highly energy- and water-efficient equipment that will reduce operational costs and allow the building to seek LEED Silver certification.

The first phase of the project will focus on transforming the base building into the Youth Investigations Division offices and is set to be completed by the end of 2014. The second phase of the project will build out the Sixth District headquarters and should be completed by summer, 2015.

“This is an exciting project for DGS in that we will be working to transform an aging structure into a modern, sustainable building that will directly benefit Ward 7 residents and the police officers who serve and protect residents and visitors in this community,” said Brian J. Hanlon, Director of the District’s Department of General Services (DGS).