Shelby approves construction of Fire Station No. 4

By: Sarah Wojcik | Shelby - Utica News | Published August 9, 2017

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — On July 18, the Shelby Township Board of Trustees approved the relocation and construction of Fire Station No. 4 in order to address the township’s northward-expanding development.

The $1,999,044 station will be constructed on a 2.8-acre parcel of land on the northwest corner of 25 Mile and Schoenherr roads that the Fire Department purchased several years ago, right after it purchased the property for the new Fire Station No. 5 at 21 Mile and Schoenherr roads.

The township extended its contract with Wing Construction and Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick — the design/build team hired for Fire Station No. 5 — for the new Fire Station No. 4.

With anticipated development heading north, Swinkowski said the Fire Department wishes to have a presence in each of the four quadrants of the township, as well as in the center, in order to best serve the residents.

According to a memo to the Board of Trustees, Swinkowski said the current Fire Station No. 4, located near 23 Mile and Schoenherr roads, will be decommissioned and sold when the construction of the new station is completed in 2018. Swinkowski said the Fire Department’s asking price for the parcel is just under $1 million.

“In ’93, when we built (Fire Station No. 4), we did not know which way the development would go,” Swinkowski said. “We want (the fourth station) to be out by the residents.”

Prior to the construction of Fire Station No. 5, Fire Station No. 4 was the only station east of M-53, servicing 12.5 square miles and 42 percent of the department’s overall run volume, he said.

Swinkowski said the Fire Department purchased the land at 25 Mile and Schoenherr roads from the family who lives next door. He said the family operated the original Prescott Farm, and the original 200-year-old house will be maintained.

“That will be honored with some photos that we’ll use in the station,” he said. “With the (special assessment district for sanitary sewer) going through sections 1 and 2 … and with building code changes and an increase in lumber knocking on the door, (we) thought this would be the best time to do it, especially to keep the cost down.”

Supervisor Rick Stathakis praised Swinkowski and the Fire Department for long-term budgeting and cost-saving efforts to finance the construction of the two new stations on the east side of the township.

“There is no one better than (Fire) Chief Swinkowski and (Police) Chief (Robert) Shelide. They are the top two public safety CEOs in the state,” he said.

Stathakis said the building will be completed by this time next year.

For more information, call the Fire Department headquarters at (586) 731-3476.