Ann Arbor Seeking Bids for Potential $1.1M Downtown Fire Hall Renovation

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ANN ARBOR, MI – The City of Ann Arbor is seeking a contractor to undertake a potential $1.1 million renovation of the downtown fire hall across from City Hall.

The project includes renovating nearly 8,400 square feet of interior space on the second floor, including fire department administrative offices and a dormitory, as well as replacing the building’s fire alarm system.

This also includes creating a secure ballot processing and storage room for the City Clerk’s Office to help increase absentee voting.

“It will have security features – cameras, card swipe access,” Fire Chief Mike Kennedy said of the secure voting room.

Kennedy expects the project to be completed by the end of this year, although it likely won’t be in time for the November election, he said.

The city has set March 22 as the deadline for contractors to respond to a request for proposals.

Ann Arbor Fire Station 1 on Fifth Avenue downtown on February 21, 2022.ryan stanton | Ann Arbor News

It is one of the first projects to go through the city’s new best value contracting process that considers more than just contractor price, Kennedy said.

He discussed the project during a recent budget presentation, saying the fire department has $1.1 million from money the city receives from the state to provide fire protection to residents. state facilities, including the University of Michigan.

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“We’re getting a lot out of this renovation,” Kennedy said, noting that plans include creating gender-neutral dorms.

“Right now it’s just kind of a big open room that doesn’t really have a lot of privacy,” he said.

The Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office had its main 911 dispatch center in the southern part of the downtown fire hall, but it has moved to a new location near Zeeb Road, Kennedy said, explaining that this frees up space to relocate the city’s fire prevention office. and fire inspectors from the old station 2 to the downtown station with the renovation.

This, in turn, allows the city to consider building affordable housing on the Station 2 site at 1510 E. Stadium Blvd. Last year, the city council asked the Housing Commission to pursue the creation of around eight to 23 affordable housing units for people earning up to 60% of the area’s median income.

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