The Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will be purchasing the decommissioned Fire Station No. 4 located on Schoenherr Road from the Fire Department and will be utilizing the building for all of the department’s maintenance functions.

The Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will be purchasing the decommissioned Fire Station No. 4 located on Schoenherr Road from the Fire Department and will be utilizing the building for all of the department’s maintenance functions.

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Shelby parks department to purchase old fire station

By: Kara Szymanski | Shelby - Utica News | Published April 22, 2019

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SHELBY TOWNSHIP — Shelby Township has decided that selling its decommissioned Fire Station No. 4 to one of its other departments is the best option at this time.

The Shelby Township Board of Trustees recently OK’d the Shelby Township Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department’s request to purchase the old fire station located on Schoenherr Road for $864,800.

At Shelby Township’s April 16 Board of Trustees meeting, the board voted to transfer ownership of the building.

Shelby Township Treasurer Michael Flynn said that it will save the township money by selling the building to the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department.

“As part of the library project, the current repair facility that they work on cars and do other maintenance in here on campus is slated to be torn down. It’s also vastly outdated,” said Flynn.

The department provides a wide variety of programs, activities and events to the residents, in addition to maintenance to township facilities year-round.

Flynn said that he commissioned a certified appraisal from CBRE, a real estate company, and the cost value appraisal came in at $920,000.

He mentioned that because the township will not have to pay the cost to list the property for sale, that the township will not have to pay the 6% sellers fee. The $864,800 will come from the general fund.

“The board did quite a bit of research on this one, and we discovered since we were planning on just getting rid of Station 4 and when we opened up the new Station 4, we found out that it would be a huge cost savings if we transferred Parks and Rec and Maintenance and automotive activities over to that building,” said Flynn.

The 9,493-square-foot building was built in 1993 and is approximately 0.89 acre with six overhead doors, an office, a kitchen area, a sleeping area and several storage areas.

According to the appraisal report, the building has an economic life of 25 more years.

Joe Youngblood, the Parks, Recreation, Maintenance, Nature Center and Senior Center director, said in an email that the department is happy to be purchasing the building, as it offers more than the department’s current building.

“We are very excited for our maintenance staff to have a new home by moving to the soon-to-be vacant (old) Fire Station No. 4. Our Grounds and Facilities Department will operate all maintenance functions out of the new building, which is much larger than the previous maintenance facility. It is in a good location for the department to maintain all township parks and facilities. The large bay will house trucks and be used for maintenance repairs,” he said.

Flynn said that the building is pretty much ready for the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department to use.

“It’s basically move-in ready. It has the heated truck bays that can be used to work on their vehicles and things like that,” Flynn said.

He also mentioned that the building could always be of use to the township later on, whether it be for another department or to become a fire station again.

“Fifty years from now, if we need a fire station there, we got one there ready to go,” said Flynn.

The old Shelby Township Fire Station No. 4 building is located at 51599 Schoenherr Road, just north of 23 Mile Road. The Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department will be relocating to this building after the purchase is complete.

For more information, call the Parks, Recreation and Maintenance Department at (586) 731-0300.

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