Vienna Town Council members voted unanimously March 22 to spend $40,012 for Washington Gas to relocate a gas line at the former Faith Baptist Church property at 301 Center St., S.
The line relocation will allow for permanent heating to be provided at the former church, which the town purchased last year and is using now as the Vienna Police Department’s temporary headquarters.
The line relocation stemmed from an unexpected site condition and is necessary for demolition work to continue at the site of the former police station at 215 Center St., S. The contractor, Hoar Construction, cannot resume work until the gas line is relocated, so the Council approved an emergency sole-source waiver for that work to occur.
The new police headquarters is being built on the former station’s site and an adjacent residential property at 114 Locust St., S.W., which the town bought from Faith Baptist Church in 2012. The gas-line easement never was recorded when the church bought the house in 1958, and the easement was not featured in the title report when the town purchased the site, officials said.
The town will finance the emergency line relocation from the police station project’s contingency fund, and officials do not expect the expense to increase the project’s overall cost.