Facility Planning and Site Selection

The Department of General Services is responsible for the construction, maintenance and operation of County facilities, including County office buildings and warehouses, police and fire stations, libraries, recreation centers and any other facilities under the control of the Executive Branch of County government.

Before any planning for the facility can begin, a project must have County Council approval and the potential user of the facility must meet readiness criteria. The project must be included in the Capital Improvements Program. The next step is to create a Program of Requirements (POR), which is completed before any sites are considered. The POR outlines the specifications of the new facility, including the size and function of specific spaces, building systems and finishes, as well as adjacencies. This document is a collaboration between OPD, DGS’ Division of Building Design and Construction and the County department the facility is for. The final version of the POR must receive approval from the County’s Office of Management and Budget.

When the POR is approved, staff can begin researching potential sites for the facility. Site evaluation is the responsibility of the Office of Planning and Development. In administering the site evaluation process, OPD coordinates the interests of the user department, the applicable Regional Services Center Director, the Office of Management and Budget, the public and affected outside agencies.

OPD is currently working on:


4th District Police Station

The existing 4th District Police Station facility is located at 2300 Randolph Road in Wheaton and was constructed in 1959. The building needs major repairs, and vehicular access between Randolph Road and the station is challenging. The Office of Planning and Development is working in partnership with Police to identify and evaluate potential locations for a newly constructed station. This preparation will allow the County to act quickly to purchase a new site when one becomes available.



Wheaton Arts and Cultural Facility

OPD is managing the facility planning process for a new arts and cultural facility in Wheaton. Arts facilities planners were retained by the County in March 2018 to conduct a comprehensive analysis that will assess the vision for a new arts and cultural space and provide recommendations on the type, size and scope of the proposed arts facility. The first task for the consultants was to undertake a community engagement process to discover the community and cultural sector’s arts space needs. The consultants kicked off this task in April 2018 with tours of Wheaton and County-wide cultural arts facilities, one-on-one interviews and focus groups, as well as a presentation to the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee at its April 2018 meeting. Click here to review that presentation. The consultants then held public meetings to hear from community members on April 30, 2018 and May 1, 2018. After conducting this preliminary research, the consultants completed a market analysis and benchmarking study, which can be found here.

In June 2019, the consultants completed a preliminary program plan and business plan for the proposed facility. Please find that report here, with an accompanying presentation here. In February 2020, a Program of Requirements (POR) was completed. The POR includes detailed information about the specific space needs of the facility such as square footage and equipment requirements. The architect and a specialty theatre consultant used the 2019 facility planning reports as a basis for the POR. OPD is now working to test fit the facility on various sites in the Wheaton Arts and Entertainment District and updated the Wheaton Urban District Advisory Committee on these efforts in June 2021.

The County Council approved the Wheaton Arts and Cultural Center as a standalone Capital Improvement Project as part of the FY21 budget. Funding is for the planning and initial design activities.


Completed Facility Planning and Site Selection Projects


260 East Jefferson Acquisition

OPD managed the acquisition of 260 East Jefferson Street, Rockville. The property is strategically located in the Rockville Core adjacent to the Executive Office Building and will be incorporated into the County’s plans as it continues to evaluate its current and future space needs in leased space in the Core and throughout the County. The acquisition of the property provides opportunity for consolidation of the some of the County’s leases. In the short-term, the Department of Transportation intends to locate public customer service functions in the building.



11600 Nebel Street

As part of its commitment to provide services to individuals experiencing homelessness, Montgomery County acquired an office building on a 1.25-acre property in White Flint. The building interior will be converted to an emergency shelter with approximately 200 beds, operated by the Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless (MCCH). The property is strategically located in the dense Rockville Pike corridor, and is within walking distance of the White Flint Metro Station, which will allow convenient pedestrian access to the facility. OPD managed the acquisition process, including site due diligence, environmental analysis and a property appraisal and was involved in contract negotiations. Acquisition was completed in May 2021 and the new shelter opened March 2022.



Olney Town Commons

The Olney Master Plan calls for a public space in the town center area of Olney. OPD is facility planning for an outdoor town commons in Olney in conjunction with an architecture consultant and various community groups.

The December 2017 Olney Town Commons Planning Report includes various size and amenity recommendations for this future facility. The recommendations in the report were informed by focus groups with different Olney community organizations, a public Olney Town Commons Planning Forum held at the Olney Library during Olney Days 2017, and feedback from an online survey.

You can review the report here . If you have any comments or questions about the report, please email us.


Parcel 888

Montgomery County purchased two properties in 2010 for the purposes of constructing a permanent Clarksburg Fire Station #35 (FS #35), currently housed in leased space. The 10 Mile Creek Area Limited Amendment, adopted in 2014, strongly encouraged the County to find an alternative site for the new FS #35. DGS carefully considered various sites inside and outside the 10 Mile Creek watershed, including both undeveloped and developed properties, with input from Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Services and community representatives. Parcel 888 was for sale during the site selection process, and the County ultimately determined that purchasing Parcel 888 and adding its acreage to the properties already purchased for a new station would drastically decrease the overall imperviousness of the project, meeting the goals of reducing imperviousness in the 10 Mile Creek watershed. OPD negotiated and managed the acquisition of Parcel 888. Click here to learn more about the FS #35 construction project.