An additional services agreement for the underground water retention for the new public safety building was approved Jan. 23.

An additional services agreement for the underground water retention for the new public safety building was approved Jan. 23.

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Site plan approved for new library in Macomb Township

Additional services required for public safety building

By: Alex Szwarc | Macomb Township Chronicle | Published February 5, 2019


MACOMB TOWNSHIP — Another step has been taken toward the development of a new library in Macomb Township.

At the Jan. 23 Board of Trustees meeting, Township Planner Patrick Meagher requested the board to approve the preliminary site plan for the new Clinton-Macomb Public Library, or CMPL, North Branch.

“The Clinton-Macomb Public Library requested a recommendation by the town center committee for approval of the preliminary site plan,” Meagher said at the meeting.

On Jan. 8, the Township Town Center Committee held a meeting to review and recommend approval of the proposed library to be located on the east side of Broughton Road, across from the Township Hall.

The new library is scheduled to open in 2020.

Under conditions of the covenant deed, which was executed in November, Macomb Township transferred a 7.5 acre parcel of land to the library.

“On behalf of myself and the library board, thank you for the donation of the land to build a new library,” Amy Wille, a Macomb Township appointee to the Clinton-Macomb Public Library Board said during public comments. “I know there’s been a lot of work done to make this library a reality.”

For the design of the new library, architects looked at the recreation center and Town Hall, hoping to propose architecture that would be in harmony with those buildings, creating a cohesive feel.

“We’re looking at a very traditional front to it,” CMPL Director Larry Neal said in December. “It will be a brick building. We’re trying to do a 21st century interpretation of a Carnegie Library, which were standard fixtures around the turn of the last century.”   

The new library will feature a drive-up window where customers can return items, similar to what is in place at the CMPL Main Branch, at 40900 Romeo Plank in Clinton Township.

The North Branch near 24 Mile and Romeo Plank will close once the new library opens.

The proposed building will be just over 28,000 square feet, twice the size of the current North Branch.

Also addressed at the Jan. 23 meeting was a request by Fire Chief Robert Phillips to approve authorization of an additional services agreement with Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc., or AEW, in the amount of $31,500 for design services for the underground water retention at the new public safety building.

The proposed 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.

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

“I’m requesting authorization regarding the storm water system for the new public safety building,” Phillips told the board. “At the time, the contract was awarded to Bernco Inc. The underground retention system is now required.”

The contract is in the amount of $11,068,000 for the construction of the building.

Township Engineer Jim Van Tiflin said additional work will need to be done in regard to storm water detention.

A letter from Phillips to the board states, “At the time the contract was awarded, I indicated this type of system at a cost of $360,000. This request for additional services was included in that amount.”

The additional services is outside of the scope of work covered under the original AEW contract.