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We invite you to reimagine your downtown experience and “Rethink” Royal Oak as we embark on an exciting new development project this spring to build a new city hall, police station, downtown park, private office building and 581-space parking deck. The project will transform the downtown area to a gathering place for the entire city as well as provide necessary updates to buildings designed more than 60 years ago.

There will be a variety of updates and new details to share with you throughout the process including changes to the current parking options. We’ve created this page to keep you up-to-date with all aspects of the project and provide you with the best parking solutions as we await our new downtown. Follow project updates on our social media channels using the hashtag #RethinkRO. If you have questions or concerns, please contact us at for more information.

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CONSTRUCTION UPDATES: Beginning July 3 through July 6, the city's contractor will be connecting the new parking deck water main to the existing public water main. During this time valves will be turned off and on. Property owners and businesses who will be affected will be notified 24-hours in advance of any water shut-offs.

Sometimes tap water will appear cloudy or rust-colored after nearby valves are turned off and on. Discolored water is temporary, and while unappealing it is not harmful. Naturally occurring mineral deposits that accumulate within the water main get stirred up and become suspended particles, thus producing the discoloration in the water.

Residents or businesses should run the cold-water faucet closest to the water meter (usually the outside spigot or basement) for several minutes until the water becomes clear. If the water does not become clear after flushing please contact the department of public services at 248.246.3300 or the police non-emergency line at 248-246-3500, after hours and on the holiday.

PARKING NOTICES: Both sides of the Williams Street parking lot are now completely closed. Construction for the Royal Oak City Center office building and the 581-space parking garage are in progress.   

To accommodate residents, visitors and disabled individuals, the city has added opened the private lot between City Hall and the library to the public as a metered lot. 

The Royal Oak Civic Center project consists of five public projects within the current city hall site and private Class A office building.

Watch Proposed City Hall Presentation

City Officials presented plans for the proposed police station facility in a Facebook Live presentation on June 7. If you missed it, you can watch the presentation by clicking on any of the following links. 

Watch on Facebook

Watch on YouTube

If you have questions for the chief regarding the presentation, please email them to

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Where Can I Park During Construction?

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Public parking, including four new ADA accessible parking spaces, are available behind City Hall.