MVA Westminster project moving forward

State expected to hire builder for $1.67 million

August 03, 1999|By Mike Farabaugh | Mike Farabaugh,SUN STAFF

State officials are expected to award a $1.67 million contract tomorrow to a Reisterstown company to build a full-service Motor Vehicle Administration office in Westminster.

The new MVA office is part of a joint state construction project in Westminster. The MVA office would be built next to the new state police barracks and garage on the state-owned 4.6-acre tract at 1100 Baltimore Blvd.

Half of the project -- under separate contractors -- is nearly completed. Maryland State Police moved into their new barracks and garage last weekend. The MVA site is occupied by the old state police barracks and garage, which are being demolished.

As soon as troopers remove personal files from the old barracks, surplus furniture will be returned to the state and contractors can begin removing asbestos from the old building, said 1st Sgt. Dean Richardson, a barracks spokesman.

"As soon as the asbestos is gone, the old building will be demolished to make room for the new MVA office," he said.

John Kuo, a spokesman for the state Department of Transportation, said the state Board of Public Works approved the state police barracks portion of the project in May 1998, but must give final approval for the MVA office.

Jerry DeBar Construction Inc. of Reisterstown submitted the lowest bid among 29 builders, including nine minority contractors and eight from the Carroll-Frederick area, he said.

The MVA office would be east of the new barracks and share a common access road.

The MVA project is contingent on the old barracks being demolished and removed, Kuo said.

Initially, MVA officials hoped to open the 6,000-square-foot office by December 1999, but delays in designing the access roads postponed completion to spring 2000.

Unlike the MVA office in Westminster, which offers only driver services such as road tests and license renewals, the new branch would provide a full range of services, including title registration.

The existing office has been in Westminster Professional Center, off Route 140 near Gorsuch Road, since 1979.

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