- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

DETROIT (AP) - The Macomb County building will reopen this month after a fire forced its closure more than three years ago.

A $19 million renovation of the building is part of a $65 million project at the county’s downtown Mount Clemens campus, the Detroit Free Press (https://on.freep.com/2hFsCf3 ) reported. The project is being funded with bonds, general fund money and insurance money from the 2013 electrical fire, which displaced at least 150 county workers.

The opening of the old county building was delayed earlier this year after crews found a lack of ties or supports in spots in the building that needed to be addressed.

Deputy County executive Mark Deldin said about 200 workers are expected to be in the renovated building, which was originally built in stages beginning in 1931.

The structure will also have an upgraded fire suppression system and will be handicap-accessible. Officials anticipate additional handicapped parking in front of the building and at the new parking deck next to the county administration building. Other renovation project plans included a new welcome center at the county administration building, an updated county commission boardroom, additional floors in the county administration building and renovations to the circuit court.

Starting next week, several offices housed in the circuit court or at another location in Mount Clemens will be moving into the old county building.

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Information from: Detroit Free Press, https://www.freep.com


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