The Kent County Board of Commissioners has approved the $12.5 million construction of a resource hub aimed at better serving residents in the northern area of the county.
The 30,000-square-foot office space along 17 Mile Road will house an area health department clinic and the sheriff’s office substation. Early designs also feature a shared public lobby and conference rooms.
“By consolidating and upgrading our facilities and operations, we are focusing on the county’s quality of life and addressing long-awaited projects to better serve our residents now and into the future,” Kent County Administrator Wayman Britt told MLive.com.
Currently, the health department operates out of space in a retail mall authorities say it has outgrown, and the sheriff’s office northern substation currently is in a remodeled schoolhouse.
The new facility is touted as having the capacity to “improve response times by the sheriff’s office and increase access to services in northern Kent County,” MLive reports.
With the money for the project having been allocated from the county’s Capital Improvement Program Fund, construction is expected to start later this year with an opening pegged for 2022.