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B train station to get renovation
The historic Gaithersburg B train station is in the market for a fresh look.
The station, built in 1884, will be renovated in the coming months. It serves commuters daily taking the MARC train, and houses the Java Junction coffee shop.
The effort overall aims to modernize the station, create a more usable, better design for the people waiting for trains, said Louise Kauffmann, Gaithersburg grant coordinator.
Major plans include the renovation of two bathrooms to meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards and the installation of a grease interceptor in the Java Junction sinks to prevent pollution from excess grease draining into the sewer, said Jim Arnoult, Gaithersburg director of public works.
The Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission has called for grease interceptors in the coffee shop, which are also required for compliance with Maryland environmental regulations.
Other interior work includes replacing parts of the wood floors and wall renovations. Exterior work will be limited to minor roof restoration and the removal of lead paint, found mainly in the roof overhang outside of the building, according to documents the city provided potential bidders.
The project aims to make necessary updates to station facilities while preserving the building historic architecture and appearance.
we trying to make it more modern, trying to serve the commuters better, Arnoult said.
Capital Projects Manager Sunil Prithviraj, who is leading the effort, said he expects construction to begin in late September and anticipates completion of the renovation in eight to 12 weeks. The station and Java Junction will remain open throughout the renovation.
The city will open bids Aug. 7, which will be reviewed by the Facilities and Capital Projects department. The lowest cost proposal that meets all city requirements will be presented to the mayor and city council for a final vote, Prithviraj said.
State and federal funding will cover the entire cost of the renovation, without extra city funding.
The state will contribute $80,000 for the project from its Community Legacy Fund, a competitive Smart Growth Grant awarded to by the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, according to Kauffmann. The grants are aimed at revitalizing Maryland communities, with a focus on transitoriented development. In 2013, Montgomery County was awarded $350,000 to implement an Environmental Fa and Streetscape Enhancement project, which will contribute in part to the renovation.
The Community Planning Department a division of the federal Housing and Urban Development Department will provide additional funding. At this stage in the process, it is unclear exactly how much funding the federal government will offer. The project could qualify as either a historic preservation project or as development initiative in a lowincome area, Kauffmann said.
Typically, the city receives about $380,000 annually in federal funding from HUD, Kauffmann said. She added that some money left over from last year could also be applied to the renovation.