The former federal Consumer Product Safety Commission facility on Darnestown Road now belongs to the City of Gaithersburg, city officials announced in a press release Tuesday.
As outlined under the terms of the transfer, the building would be used for recreational purposes. City officials said the property could easily connected to existing bike paths and walkways along Muddy Branch Road and Darnestown Road, according to the news release.
The city applied to acquire the building in 2012 and had set aside $1.4 million in construction budget funding for the project, according to the news release.
The lab testing facility operated in Gaithersburg from 1975 until 2011, when it moved to Rockville.
City Manager Tony Tomasello told The Gazette that the acquisition would give Gaithersburg more open space—something he said was hard to create with out tearing down buildings.