Frederick Aldermen Approve Contract For New Police Department Headquarters

It will be located at the former Department of Social Services Building.

Frederick, Md. (KM) – A contract to design and build a new police headquarters in downtown Frederick was approved Thursday night by the Board of Aldermen. The $19.8-million contract was awarded to Waynesboro Construction which will convert the William Donald Schaefer Building at  100 East All Saints Street into the new headquarters.

“The new headquarters for our Frederick Police Department is a critical need for our community and a top priority for my administration,” said Mayor Michael O’Connor, in a statement. “This project aligns with the City’s strategic plan to maintain a safe and vibrant community and I am looking forward to taking the next step in this process as we move closer to bringing this long-awaited project to fruition.”

The Frederick Police Department completed a “Space Needs Assessment” in August, 2017 which recommended a facility with 56,970 square feet of interior and operational space. The square-footage was increased to 60,000 square feet due to the Police Department’s personnel and operational needs over the next 30 years. The William Donald Schaefer Building on East All Saints Street was selected for the new Police Department headquarters.

“Tonight’s {Thursday’s} approval of Waynesboro Construction as the company that will design and build the FPD’s new home is an exciting step in a long journey,” says Frederick Police Jason Lando, in a statement. “I am confident the Waynesboro team will deliver a police headquarters our community will be proud of, and our police family will call home for many years to come. Thank you Mayor O’Connor and our Board of Aldermen for your support in this important and much-needed project.”

The City says completion of the design and permitting phase is expected by October, 2023, .with the new facility scheduled to be ready by December, 2024.

The Frederick Police Department currently occupies a section of the County Court House.

By Kevin McManus