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July 11, 2017

Fall construction planned for new state police office

Photo/Virginia State Police
The new state police office just south of Warrenton will resemble this one built recently in South Hill.
The new state police office will stand on an acre, accessed from Bingham Road.
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Staff Journalist
If all goes according to plan, state troopers serving Fauquier and Rappahannock next year will move into new headquarters adjacent to the Lord Fairfax Community College campus just south of Warrenton.

Estimated at $800,000, the project should be completed by spring or summer 2018, Virginia State Police Public Relations Coordinator Susan Rowland said in an email.

The college will transfer about one acre in the southwestern portion of the 50-acre college campus to the state police for the building site.

For 22 years, troopers and support staff have occupied the approximately 2,100-square-foot, one-story brick building at 455 E. Shirley Ave.

The building previously housed the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Warrenton Residency office. VDOT occupies an 11,220-square-foot building at East Shirley Avenue and Falmouth Street.

Clad in brick and composite siding, the planned, one-story 3,200-square-foot state police office will house 17 sworn officers and a civilian employee.

Besides additional and modern space, the “Area 12” building will feature upgraded phone and internet service and allow the consolidation of “both the uniform and investigative personnel assigned to the region into one building,” according to Ms. Rowland.

The structure will be similar to the new state police headquarters at South Hill, about 60 miles southwest of Petersburg.

Accessed by Bingham Road, which serves the county landfill, the site will include 18 parking spaces.

After the state police move into the new Fauquier headquarters, the vacant building will be deemed surplus, “which means another state agency could use it or it could be sold,” Ms. Rowland said.

For tax purposes, the county has valued the East Shirley Avenue building and 0.62-acre site, which includes a parking lot and a small shed, at $366,700.
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