Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman was joined by members of the Board of Supervisors and his top administrators Monday morning to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Ashburn substation at One Loudoun.
Chapman said the $14.9 million project will help keep his officers connected to the county. It is the final regional substation planned for construction. One is expected to open near Round Hill this summer. Others were built in Sterling and South Riding. Chapman said the regional stations allow detectives and deputies in the crime prevention unit to work more closely with the neighborhoods they serve—to “get a real feel for the community.”
The Ashburn station is expected to open in 2017, when operations will move from leased space at University Center.
Capt. Mark Caminiti is the station commander. He said moving to the larger, specially designed law enforcement center will allow the sheriff’s office to become better integrated in the community.
“This station is going to give us the opportunity to better serve the community,” Caminiti said. In addition to the improved location and design, he said the new station will allow deputies to offer fingerprinting and background checks, among other services.
Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens led Monday’s ceremony, which also included remarks by County Chairwoman Phyllis J. Randall (D-At Large) and Supervisors Ron A. Meyer Jr. (R-Broad Run), Ralph M. Buona (R-Ashburn), Suzanne M. Volpe (R-Algonkian) and Koran T. Saines (D-Sterling).
The 19,000-square-foot substation is being built along Savin Hill Drive, on a 13-acre public use lot provided by the developers of One Loudoun as part of the rezoning of the development. The county also plans to develop a park-and-ride lot on the property.