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 The Police Department construction work will be the second project going on this summer, as the 41-A District Court broke ground on a new building next door in March.

The Police Department construction work will be the second project going on this summer, as the 41-A District Court broke ground on a new building next door in March.

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Construction contract approved for police station expansion

Project to get underway in July

By: Joshua Gordon | Shelby - Utica News | Published June 18, 2018

SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Work on an expansion of the Shelby Township Police Department is expected to get underway in July and wrap up by the end of the year, after the Board of Trustees approved a nearly $2 million construction contract at it’s June 5 meeting.

The board unanimously approved a contract with DCC Construction, out of Davison, for $1,937,400, to be paid for with cash out of the township’s capital improvement fund. DCC was the lowest of eight bidders and has worked with the project’s architect, Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, in the past.

The current police station was built for $4 million in 2012 at 52530 Van Dyke Ave. as part of the township’s municipal campus. Supervisor Richard Stathakis said the plan called for the first stage to come in under budget, which it did, and for the township to have the money ready for an expansion.

“We wanted to make sure when the time came, we had the money to break out the back wall and expand, and that is what we are doing,” Stathakis said. “We anticipated some expansion, but didn’t want to go over budget in 2012. Now we are paying for this in cash, which is what we always wanted to do, and there will be no bonding, no borrowing and no increase in the tax millage.”

The expansion will be a 7,203-square-foot addition to the station, as well as a renovation of an existing 3,014-square-foot office space. Township Engineer Carol Thurber said the current 18,000-square-foot building was built with the expectation of adding an expansion later.

The total budget for the expansion was $2 million.

“This is being done in anticipation of the township’s continued population growth and resulting need for more public safety,” Thurber said. “This is also improving the booking and office areas in the existing station to provide better workflow and security for police staff and residents conducting business at the station.”

Bids for the project ranged from DCC’s $1.93 million bid to just over $2.4 million. All bids included estimates for an alternative skylight installation.

DCC’s bid broke down to around $1.3 million for architectural and structural work, $275,000 for mechanical work, $150,000 for civil work, $90,000 for plumbing, and a $100,000 contingency.

Trustee John Vermeulen was part of an advisory board to oversee the project, which was led by Shelby Township Deputy Police Chief Mark Coil.

“We’re below budget and I can’t say enough about the team that was involved,” Vermeulen said. “We worked to make sure the taxpayers got the best possible value while giving our police officers all the tools and space they need to keep our township safe.”

Nearby, the new $5.2 million 41-A District Court is underway after it broke ground in March. The new court is just over 18,000 square feet and will provide more space for staff, private attorney-client rooms and a larger lobby space. A new parking lot will combine parking for the court and the police station.

The court project will help address building needs at the Community Center, which currently houses the court, the Shelby Township Library, the senior center and the Shelby TV offices.