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November 26, 2019

New state police office slated for July completion

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Project Manager Brett Koester says: “For the most part, the weather’s been good. And, we’ve made good progress.”
Photo/Virginia State Police
The new state police office just south of Warrenton will resemble this one built recently in South Hill.
The new Virginia State Police office will stand on an acre along Bingham Road, next to Lord Fairfax Community College south of Warrenton.
You’ll see the building erected in the next three to four weeks.
— Project Manager Brett Koester
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After a two-year funding delay, construction workers recently broke ground on the new Virginia State Police headquarters next to Lord Fairfax Community College campus just south of Warrenton.

Weather permitting, the one-story, 3,200-square-foot structure should be completed in July, according to Flint, Mich.-based general contractor Sorensen Gross Co.

“There’s been a couple of rain days,” Sorensen Gross Project Manager Brett Koester said Monday. “For the most part, the weather’s been good. And, we’ve made good progress.”

Site work for the $1.3 million project began Nov. 7.

With the structure’s footers and partial block wall in place, “we’re making a push to get the ground works installed, which is all the utilities that need to come in under the (concrete) slab,” Mr. Koester said.

The project manager added: “That’s a milestone. Then, the building can be erected . . . . You’ll see the building erected in the next three to four weeks.”

The Commonwealth of Virginia’s project review system contributed to the project’s delay, State Police Sgt. Brent Coffey said.

“The process to set the funding took a long time,” Sgt. Coffey explained.

Donated by the college to the state police, the new headquarters’ approximately one-acre building site lies in the southwestern portion of the 50-acre LFCC campus.

For 24 years, troopers and support staff have occupied the 2,100-square-foot, one-story brick building at 455 E. Shirley Ave.

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

With brick and composite siding, the new office will house 17 sworn officers and a civilian employee who serve Fauquier and Rappahannock counties.

It will resemble the 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.

Besides more and modern space, the “Area 12” building will feature upgraded phone and internet service and put uniform and investigative personnel assigned to the region under one roof.

After the state police vacates its East Shirley Avenue quarters, VDOT will regain ownership of the property, Communications Coordinator Will Merritt said in an email.

“In 1995, VDOT issued a Temporary Transfer Agreement to (the Virginia State Police) to allow the state agency to occupy and assume maintenance costs of the building,” Mr. Merritt wrote. “The agreement will be terminated when VSP vacates the building and it will become VDOT property again. Future use of the building is to be determined.” 

For tax purposes, Fauquier has valued the East Shirley Avenue building and 0.62-acre site, which includes a parking lot and a small shed, at $343,000.

Contact Don Del Rosso at Don@FauquierNow.com or 540-270-0300.
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Linda Ward · November 26, 2019 at 10:43 am
Ah, so that is what is going near the college. Good location!
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