Northville Township Greenlights 96,000-square-foot State-of-the-Art Essential Services Complex

February 21st, 2024

“The project team has stepped up to help us envision a better Northville Township with the design of the Essential Services Complex”

- Mark J. Abbo, Northville Township Supervisor

Northville Township, Michigan – February 21st, 2024 – Northville Township reached a significant milestone last Thursday as the Board of Trustees unanimously approved plans for a 96,000-square-foot Essential Services Complex. Situated on Seven Mile Road, the facility will serve as the cornerstone for enhanced public safety, efficient public works operations, and expanded recreational amenities.

The comprehensive complex is set to house a brand-new Fire Station, Police Station, Police Garage, Jail, Department of Public Works, and a Parks and Recreation Trailhead Building, addressing long-standing infrastructure needs and enhancing community services.

Years of meticulous planning and collaboration have led to this pivotal decision. Through close cooperation with stakeholders, including the Police and Fire Departments, the Department of Public Works, the Northville Township Board of Trustees, the Construction Management firm Cunningham-Limp, Partners in Architecture, OHM Advisors, and countless others, the project has been precisely crafted to align with the community’s evolving needs.

Township Supervisor Mark J. Abbo anticipates a resounding success, remarking, “Cunningham-Limp has done an excellent job of listening to the needs of our residents, our staff, and our Board of Trustees to help us build from the ground up a better resource for our community.”

Cunningham-Limp’s proactive involvement in the project’s planning phase, including a thorough evaluation of prior cost estimates, yielded remarkable results. Initially projected at $35 million for a modest police station and EMS facility, the current 96,000 square foot facility accommodating a new police station and jail, a full-fledged fire department, a new DPW facility, and parks and rec amenities for Legacy Park is being constructed at a cost lower than the initial estimate. This underscores the project’s commitment to maximizing efficiency and fiscal responsibility while ensuring the provision of all essential services.

Reflecting on the project’s significance, Samuel J. Ashley, President of Cunningham-Limp, expressed, “The Essential Services Complex in Northville Township embodies our commitment to Building Better Communities. For over a decade, the Northville Township Police and Fire Departments have pursued a facility solution to address space inadequacies. By strategically situating the complex, response times for incidents will improve significantly, with the inclusion of the DPW facility adding to the scale and capacity to facilitate diverse community needs within one efficient movement.”

Township Supervisor Mark J. Abbo echoed this sentiment, remarking, “The Essential Services Project is an exciting opportunity for Northville Township to improve its service delivery to our residents. We are grateful to have Cunningham-Limp as our partner in bringing this project forward.”

Northville Township Manager Todd L. Mutchler expressed his enthusiasm for the project and its partners, affirming, “Northville Township is a vibrant community, and the project team has captured that vibrancy in its plan for the Essential Services Complex.” Speaking specifically of the importance of bringing on the right partners, Mutchler continued, “The professionalism of Cunningham-Limp has been apparent since our first meeting with the team. We appreciate their expertise and their willingness to listen to our needs. We look forward to working closely with Cunningham-Limp as we move this exciting project forward.”

Partners in Architecture, serving as the project’s architect, and OHM Advisors, the project’s Civil Engineer, have contributed significantly to shaping the vision for the Essential Services Complex. Their expertise and innovative design solutions have been instrumental in ensuring the project’s success. Supervisor Mark Abbo continued, “The entire project team has stepped up to help us envision a better Northville Township with the design of the Essential Services Complex.”

As construction progresses, residents and stakeholders are encouraged to stay informed through updates provided by Northville Township and Cunningham-Limp.


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