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Posted on Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 11:33 a.m.

Gov. Rick Snyder signs bill approving sale of ex-state police post to Ypsilanti Township for $1

By Katrease Stafford

Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill into law approving the transfer of ownership of the former Ypsilanti Michigan State Police post to Ypsilanti Township for $1.


Gov. Rick Snyder has approved the sell of the former Michigan State Police post to Ypsilanti Township.

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The township contracts for its police services with the Washtenaw County Sheriff's Office, and officials have said the building purchase would allow the sheriff's department to move its operations from the Township Hall to the 8,769-square-foot building on Whittaker Road.

State Sen. Rebekah Warren introduced the bill in May and was hopeful the governor would sign the legislation.

The Michigan Senate passed the bill unanimously last September with 38 yes votes and the Michigan House of Representatives passed it unanimously with 105 yes votes in December.

Snyder signed the bill into law at the end of December, and the transfer has been filed with the Secretary of State.

The post — which sits on 3.7 acres — will eventually house about 45 county deputies and supervisors.

"There will be some modifications to the interior and we are working on the cost estimates, now that we know the legislation has been approved," said Township supervisor Brenda Stumbo .

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Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 3:57 p.m.

Will the township "lease" the property to the Sheriff? It seems like the township should get a break in the cost of services from the Sheriff if they are providing the facilities.


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 1:30 a.m.

From what I have been told this is a win win situation because it gives the deputies the chance to use a facility that does house also inmates, on a temp basis and to do what ever little deputies do on their breaks. They won't have to use the township hall when they are closed and keeps the hall more secure. I knew about this last year. Was wondering why it took so long. So glad that it will be a home away from home.


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 6:56 p.m.

I'm sure that's been part of their contract before.


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 11:23 a.m.

This is a win - win! Great to know that someone agrees in part with the liberal thinking Senator Warren. I remember when the State Police post was downtown Ypsilanti on Michigan Ave, and there was little crime in the city. I must be getting older I know I'm getting better all the time! Thank you Our pristine leader governor Snyder


Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 3:46 a.m.

Darn it, I was willing to give $1.50 for it. Oh well.

Fat Bill

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 11:27 p.m.

Is there an editor in the house that might be able to fix the picture caption?

Not from around here

Tue, Jan 15, 2013 : 12:04 a.m.

Stop hatein" cuz dey no spell or rite so good.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 8:59 p.m.

Good move, good news. I remember when they tore down the old State Police Post back in the erly 80's. It was at I-94 and Whittaker. We spent many trips carrying bricks from the old building home in our little pickup.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 10:41 p.m.

The building you are thinking of was the old Ypsilanti National Guard Armory that was next to the ramp to EB I-94 from NB Whittaker Rd. The old State Police Post was on E.Michigan Ave in Ypsilanti in front of the old Arlan's Store.

Use Logic

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 6:44 p.m.

Great news. The deputies can't move in fast enough. I live in the Township. When the State Police post closed, we were very concerned about the possible increase in crime as a result of losing such a visible sign of law and order (even though we knew the State Police didn't patrol the Township). Thankfully our concerns seem to have been unfounded - no doubt due to the hard work of Washtenaw's Finest - but the return of such a sign is eagerly anticipated.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 6:41 p.m.

Could have sold it to Camp Take Notice for $1. Could have restored the State Trooper workforce, too.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 8 p.m.

NOT GONNA happen.


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 6:05 p.m.

but I offered $5.... :/


Wed, Jan 16, 2013 : 1:27 a.m.

This one likes the jail cells.

cornelius McDougenschniefferburgenstein jr. 3 esq.

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 7:58 p.m.

keep it up thell have you crying in GITMO


Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

Glad to hear the building wont be left to just decay and fall apart.

Robert Granville

Mon, Jan 14, 2013 : 5:38 p.m.

A unanimous vote.... what a thing of beauty. If only we could agree on everything in the best interest of our community so easily.