The front facade has been removed from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office substation on 23 Mile Road. The substation is expected to be demolished this week.

The front facade has been removed from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office substation on 23 Mile Road. The substation is expected to be demolished this week.

Photo by Erin Sanchez


Sheriff’s substation expected to be demolished this week in Macomb Township

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published December 3, 2018

 Macomb Township Fire Station No. 1 on 23 Mile Road, seen here, was built in 1952. Its demolition next year will make way for a new public safety building.

Macomb Township Fire Station No. 1 on 23 Mile Road, seen here, was built in 1952. Its demolition next year will make way for a new public safety building.

Photo by Erin Sanchez

MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Macomb Township Fire Chief Robert Phillips said the project for an upcoming new public safety building has begun.

“We’re still waiting for demolition of the sheriff’s substation and right now we’re waiting for Consumers Energy to disconnect the gas from the building,” he said on Nov. 27.

The project at the Joseph E. Koss Public Safety Building at the corner of 23 Mile Road and Alma Drive, east of Romeo Plank Road, calls for an update of the existing fire station as well as create more space for the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office, which currently operates out of a substation on the property.

Phillips expects the substation to be demolished the week of Dec. 3.

Construction on the site is expected to be complete by the spring of 2020.

“Utilities have been removed from the building with AT&T, Consumers and DTE,” Phillips said. “Our asbestos abatement has been completed. Most of the work up to this point has been the contractor ordering the steel and a lot of work between the architect and the contractor with ordering materials.”

At the Sept. 26 Board of Trustees meeting, Phillips said 10 bids were received, with the contract being awarded to Bernco Inc. in the amount of $11,068,000 for the construction of the building.

Bernco is a full service construction organization based in St. Clair Shores.

Construction will be completed in two phases, with the first seeing the demolition of the current Sheriff’s Office substation on the property and the building of the fire apparatus bay so fire operations can continue during construction.

“We will get the trucks moved into the new building sometime in mid to late July,” Phillips said. “Once the trucks are out, the current fire station will go through the same process with all of the utilities. The station will come down and construction will be continued with the main part of the building for police and fire.”

The second phase will see the demolition of the current fire station and the building of the administration offices and the Sheriff’s Office garage.

Three bidders were interviewed on Sept. 13 by township officials.

Final plans for the new public safety building were approved by the board at the June 27 meeting.

The building will have a large fire apparatus bay, which grew almost 9,000 square feet from the original projection, and will include five drive-through bays. The building will also include space for 14 Macomb County Sheriff’s Office vehicles, offices for both fire and police personnel, a shared break room, and kitchen and locker rooms for the firefighters and deputies.

The project plan started last summer as a 21,000-square-foot building and has grown to 37,000 square feet in the final design plans.

Phillips said the plan is for the Sheriff’s Office to occupy about 60 percent of the 37,000 square feet.

“Right now, the building they work in is 3,500 square feet,” he said. “It’s a significant improvement for them.”

Jason Arlow, with Shelby Township-based Anderson, Eckstein & Westrick, said the main reasons for the increase is they more than doubled the size of the fire apparatus bay to almost 9,000 square feet, as well as added dorm rooms on the second floor for the firefighters.

The corner of 23 Mile and Alma will be a major focal point with a tower feature housing the main entrance. The building is meant to last around 50 years as the community grows, which has factored into the material decisions.

Fire Station No. 1 has been on 23 Mile Road since 1952.

“This project will allow us to relocate the ladder truck to the center of the township where it belongs,” Phillips said. “It will allow us to not have to special order a fire apparatus to fit into the current station with low ceilings and allows the crews to work in a building that is not out of date.”

When the fire department was formed in the 1950s, Joseph Koss, the building’s namesake, was one of its original members.