Police Chief James E. Craig, Mayor Mike Duggan, City Council members and community representatives broke ground this week on the Detroit Police Department’s new 8th Precinct Station, which will be located at 21555 West McNichols Road near Grand River.
Construction of the new $7.3 million facility, which will house 126 department members will begin immediately and is expected to open this time next year. When the new precinct opens, it will end more than a decade of time, which residents in the area have lived without a dedicated precinct.
In 2005, the 8th Precinct, formerly located at Grand River and McNichols, closed its doors to merge with the Sixth Precinct as a part of a larger citywide District model. As a result of the merger, the 8th Precinct currently operates 4.4 miles outside of its precinct’s boundaries, increasing travel and response times, said Chief Craig. As the city’s finances stabilized, the Chief began breaking the larger districts back into smaller neighborhood-focused precincts.
“The reopening of the 8th Precinct will complete our transition back to smaller more neighborhood-focused patrol areas,” said Chief Craig. “This is important because it will allow for improved response times, as well as better community engagement and partnerships.” The new precinct will include two buildings. The primary precinct building will be housed in building that once served as a high school annex and later became a school for special needs children. The building remained operational until it closed in September 2013.
The project also will repurpose the historic former Redford Branch of the Detroit Public Library system (1925-71). The building will be restored and serve as a Detroit Police and Community Outreach facility. The building will house the Eighth Precinct’s Neighborhood Police Officers, and provide space to host monthly community meetings and events, as well as serve as an overflow for future graduation ceremonies.“This project is a great example of the city and community coming together,” said Mayor Duggan. “It was clear how important the old library building is to this neighborhood and Councilman James Tate was instrumental in making sure it was preserved.”
Jenkins Construction, a Detroit-based minority-owned company, will be the lead contractor on the $7.3 million project. Among the features of the new facility will be:
- Site paving and parking is being renovated to allow for (85) parking spaces with
LED lighting (33 public, 52 secured).
- New 350 KW Generator to fully power the entire facility
- New 2,000 sq. ft. Multi-purpose room for Community Outreach (Old Redford
- Existing 200 plus Seat Auditorium to hold DPD Police Academy Graduations & Community Outreach (Adult Wellness Building).
- New Men & Women locker rooms
- New Fitness Center
- IOU, Spec Ops, Police Precinct Offices
New Eighth Precinct to be open and in operation by June 2017.