How did this Royal Oak development project come to fruition?
  • The City of Royal Oak was approached by the late Jeffrey Surnow with an idea to reinvent the current site of the City Hall and police station with a mixed-use office building and downtown park.  Unfortunately, Mr. Surnow passed away before he could present his final plan to the city. Undeterred, his sons partnered with the Boji Group to try and bring the project back to life. They formed the Central Park Development Group (CPDG) and approached the city with a much larger plan, incorporating the office and park elements of Jeff Surnow’s initial proposal, with a solution for the city’s needs: a new police station and City Hall, which would be located inside the office building. 
  • As the discussions progressed, the city retained Plante Moran CRESA (PMC) as its real estate advisor to vet the details of the proposal and to perform a feasibility study of the city’s current hall and police station. This study concluded that the current City Hall and police facilities were functionally obsolete.
  • In early 2017, the city made the decision to pursue a standalone building for City Hall operations. It also decided that the city would assume development and management of the city-owned portions of the project.
  • After presenting proposed terms for a development agreement between the city and CPDG to the public on June 26, 2017, the commission released outside counsel to draft a development agreement that memorialized those terms. The resulting development agreement was presented to the commission on August 28, 2017 and unanimously approved.
  • The city completed bond financing for the project in May 2018, and the new city-owned parking garage broke ground in June 2018. It is anticipated the new police station will break ground in July 2018, and the new City Hall will break ground in late August or early September of 2018. All three buildings will be complete in 2019.
  • The public design process for the downtown park is being led by the city’s Downtown Park Task Force. It is currently soliciting ideas from the public. This is the last element of the project and will be constructed and completed in 2020.

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1. How did this Royal Oak development project come to fruition?
2. How will this project be paid for?
3. What is the cost to taxpayers? Will taxes increase?
4. Will the public be invited to give input/feedback on the new park?
5. Can't the facility issues with City Hall and the police station be fixed? Why not just repair the existing building?
6. How will the new City Hall benefit residents?
7. Will parking spaces be lost?
8. Will the police monitor the new structure?
9. Where will handicap individuals and senior citizens park?
10. Are businesses closing because of the development?