Was combining City Hall with the police station ever considered?

With approximately 100 people in the ROPD and another 100 people in the City Hall departments, the building would need to be approximately 65,000 to 75,000 square feet.

Given the limitations of horizontal space on city-owned sites without taking up too much parking, a combined building would have to be vertical and a minimum 4 to 5 stories tall.  Due to the requirements of separating public and police activities, for security reasons, this type of building would require additional square footage and have multiple stairwells and elevators above and beyond what would be required by code, adding significant cost of the project.   This is why two separate buildings types are being proposed for the city of Royal Oak.  All the operation efficiencies the city is hoping to achieve will be lost if it starts adding levels.

A combined location works much better in a rural environment where land is available and you can go horizontal instead of vertical.

Show All Answers

1. Where are we at with this development?
2. What can you tell us about the proposed office building?
3. Can’t city facility issues be fixed? Why not just repair the existing building?
4. What do you hope to accomplish with a new City Hall facility?
5. What are the possible sites for City Hall?
6. Was combining City Hall with the police station ever considered?
7. Did you ever consider sites outside of the Central Business District?
8. Will general parking fees across the downtown have to be raised to meet debt service for a new deck?
9. What is the cost to the taxpayer for this development?
10. Why are there are not going to be public open bids since taxpayers’ bond risk is funding?
11. How come the city is not bringing in multiple companies and citizens to present alternative proposals to be debated?
12. Will the public be invited to give input/feedback on the new central park?
13. How will construction costs of a park be paid for, and does the city have enough revenue to pay for maintenance costs once it is built, without a parks millage?
14. Will parking spaces be lost?
15. Where will the physically disabled and senior citizens park?