Credit: Joe Zimmermann

The new Montgomery County police station in Bethesda officially opens to the public today.

The 2nd District station is set to open at 5 p.m. at 4823 Rugby Ave. Lt. Jon Heiderich, deputy commander at the station, said Thursday afternoon that staff was still busy getting the station ready, but he expected it to open on schedule.

“We’re still getting trucks and deliveries right now,” he said at 3 p.m. “But we’ll be open to the public in two hours.”

Trucks were dropping off supplies and equipment at the station throughout the afternoon.

The station replaces the former station at the corner of Wisconsin and Montgomery avenues, which had housed the police facilities for the district since 1961. County police officers have been stationed at the property since 1928.

With four stories and 38,000 square feet of space, the new station features processing facilities for adults and juveniles, staff offices, a community room for public use, lockers for officers and a fitness room.

The station was built as part of a public-private partnership with Bethesda-based developer StonebridgeCarras. In exchange for the developer building the station, the county gave the company the property of the former station, on which StonebridgeCarras plans to build a 250-foot tall office building.

The 2nd District serves Bethesda, Potomac, North Bethesda, Chevy Chase and parts of Silver Spring.