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The St. Mary’s County commissioners are on the verge of buying the Lexington Park Volunteer Rescue Squad building on Great Mills Road for a sheriff’s substation to serve Lexington Park. After a Tuesday vote on the purchasing contract, only a state approval is needed before St. Mary’s County government buys the property for $450,000.

Work continues on a new building for the Lexington Park rescue squad building next door to the Lexington Park library. A new stretch of FDR Boulevard is almost complete to serve both facilities.

The county commissioners took the place of the Community Development Corp. in the contract with the Lexington Park rescue squad since the building will be used by the sheriff’s office, said George Sparling, county attorney.

The old rescue squad building, dating back to 1960 according to state records, will be renovated for $1,960,000 to create a processing room, meeting room, three holding cells, two interview rooms, a roll call and training room, an evidence bay and storage room for the sheriff’s Lexington Park office.

The design is in the fiscal 2015 budget, which begins July 1, and construction is scheduled for fiscal 2016, said George Erichsen, director of the St. Mary’s County Department of Public Works and Transportation.

“This is a very valuable project,” said Commissioner Dan Morris (R), a former law enforcement officer. “It’s important for Lexington Park. It establishes a permanent presence there. I wish that we could move it faster.”

To be called the sheriff’s District 4 office, it will be used by the patrol division and the recently created community policing division for Lexington Park.

And the commissioners noted the new Lexington Park rescue squad building is making progress. “The big thing in my mind is having the roof on, so it looks like it’s progressing well,” said Commissioner Todd Morgan (R).

“I’m amazed how fast that building is going up,” Commissioner Cindy Jones (R) said.

Commission President Jack Russell (D) asked when the newest section of FDR Boulevard will be completed between Great Mills Road and South Shangri-La Drive. “Early spring we’ll be able to blacktop,” Erichsen said.

That portion of FDR Boulevard is 0.2 of a mile and cost $1.12 million to build, according to this year’s county budget.

To make way for that section of road, St. Mary’s County government paid $450,000 in 2010 for Rose’s Place II, the county’s last topless bar.

jbabcock@somdnews.com