By TEREASA NIMS
Sunday Times Newspapers
ALLEN PARK – As city officials look ahead to where they will move, their former building lies a pile of rubble.
Salenbien Trucking and Excavating of Dundee, spent a week removing asbestos from the building at 16580 Southfield Road, and another week demolishing the building and are beginning to haul away the debris.
City officials have a tentative agreement with Affinity 8 Investments, LLC, to sell the two acres on which the city headquarters sat, for $1.2 million. The city used the building for 35 years.
Allen Park Historical Society Director Sharon Broglin said the building was first a church and then used for area graduations for many years.
“That building has seen a lot of life,” Broglin said, as she watched the building come down and took pictures for the historical society.
City offices currently reside in rented space next door to the former building, at 16630 Southfield Road. They moved to the Southfield Lease Properties (formerly Unity Studios) in 2016. City officials are now discussing where they will go next when their lease expires in April 2018.
The council voted to sell the two-acre parcel at its Feb. 14, meeting. The city also agreed to pay $180,000 for the demolition of their former building.
Affinity 8 Investments has 120 days to investigate the property and obtain approvals before closing the deal. Mayor William Matakas said earlier it was important to have the old building down so as not to slow the sale.
City officials are continuing to discuss relocating the new City Hall and Police Department to 15801 Southfield Road, in the former Oakwood Clinic. The council voted 5-2 in December to purchase the building for $2 million. Councilmen Harry Sisko and Kevin Rourke opposed the purchase.
Residents have said they disagree with such a move, suggesting the city build from the ground up. Residents have protested, claiming the city is just buying into more problems, such as it encountered in the building that was just torn down.
(Tereasa Nims can be reached at [email protected])