Rethink RO

We invite you to reimagine your downtown experience and “Rethink” Royal Oak as we embark on an exciting new development project 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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Small Business Saturday With Santa

Join us for Small Business Saturday with Santa on 11/24, 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. for the grand opening of The Royal Oak Way (ROW): the new alley between 11 Mile and Third Street behind businesses along Main Street.

The event will feature pictures with Santa, arts and crafts, outdoor games, holiday music and food and beverage samples.

Local businesses featured will include Toyology Toys, Dessert Oasis, Mr. B's and Lockhart's BBQ.

Free Santa hats will be available while supplies last.

Parking is available at the west Farmers Market lot, as well as in P4 between City Hall and the library.

You can park in the city garages for two hours free before 5 p.m. 


The Royal Oak Civic Center project including a new park, parking garage, City Hall and police station is progressing with 15 percent toward completion. The parking garage is furthest along with construction underway. The building of the new City Hall will start in November and the police station will commence in December.

Visitors to the Royal Oak Farmers Market will notice construction is underway on Second Street. This construction includes new pavement, sidewalks and underground utilities in the area directly south of the market. To park in the West lot, please use the 11 Mile entrance (it's not accessible from Troy St.). All other Market parking lots can be accessed normally (This current work will NOT impact the number of parking spaces available to market-goers). 

To see a drawing that shows approximate start dates and duration of construction for the new City Hall and police station, please click here: Overall Phasing Plan

LIBRARY UPDATE: The Royal Oak Public Library is getting a makeover. Demolition of existing pavement and stairs at the north library entrance is slated to start next week.The stairs and brick walls will disappear and a new ADA compliant ramp to the north entrance will be constructed. The north entrance is expected to permanently reopen after being closed to the public for nearly a decade. Decorative streetscape including ornamental street lights, trees with grates and stamped concrete will be put in place to match the looked of the work recently done on East Fourth Street. During construction, the turn lane on 11 Mile north of the library will be closed. Library hours and programs will not be affected by the work on the Eleven Mile side of the building.The sidewalk is expected to reopen in December.    

The curbside book drop off box has been temporarily moved to the P4 parking lot behind the police department and City Hall, accessed from Troy Street, during this time.

Parking Decks


Henry Ford Health System will occupy the new Royal Oak City Center once the building is completed in 2020. The six-story, 145,000 square foot, high-tech outpatient medical center is expected to attract thousands of unique visitors annually to Royal Oak. Learn more here: Henry Ford Health System moving into new Royal Oak City Center


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