California developer contracts to buy former Laurel Police Department

A California developer has contracted to purchase the former Laurel Police Department at 350 Municipal Square, city officials announced May 15.

Klingbell Capital Management, of San Francisco, is proposing to build apartments and limited commercial space in a mixed-use development that is being called C Street Flats. The project is located in the city's arts and entertainment district, and the city is encouraging development of new housing, studios and artists galleries as part of the new development.

City officials said this is the first development to use the RO6 overlay zoning, which is specific to the area between Main Street and the Patuxent River and is intended to help reconnect the business district to the river.

In a statement released by the city, Mayor Craig Moe said the proposed development will be a boost toward helping Laurel's arts district get established and that the city is considering creating an outdoor performance venue, such as an amphitheater, between B and C streets.

The new project will have its first hearing before the mayor and City Council on May 30.

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