By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK – It has been a while since officials have been able to make their own decisions, but Tuesday they were abundantly clear with a $1.2 million deal to sell the former city hall and police department.
City Council voted to sell the approximate two-acre site at 16850 Southfield Road — that served as the city headquarters for nearly 35 years — to Affinity 8 Investments, LLC. The company is expected to put $36,000 in escrow and will have 120 days to investigate the property and obtain approvals before closing the deal.
The city will pay the $180,000 for the demolition of the building, which is expected to be completed before the closing date, Councilman Anthony DeGiulio said.
Affinity 8 Investments was established in 2009 and serves as an investment adviser registered with the state of California and is based in Sunnyvale, Calif. It offers independent fee-based discretionary and non-discretionary investment management services to individuals, small business owners, trusts, special needs trusts, charitable remainder anitrust, corporations and business entities.
City officials and police occupied the site for nearly 35 years and vacated the dilapidated building in 2016 and moved next door, to the Southfield Lease Properties (formerly Unity Studios), 16630 Southfield Road.
Mayor William Matakas cited leaky pipes and black mold as some of the reasons for exiting.
DeGiulio said if the building had been maintained, they might still be using it.
Demolition is expected to begin soon.
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at [email protected])