Berkley Fire Hall feasibility study coming later this month

The document that will help determine the
future of Berkley’s historic Fire Hall will make its way before the
public later this month.

“It’s close to wrapping up,” says Chris Aller, principal of Lake Orion-based Stephen Auger + Associates Architects, which is preparing the feasibility study for the Fire Hall.

Aller
adds that he sees the rebirth of the Fire Hall as “a long-term project”
since the city has other issues on closer burners, such as developing a
new community center. Berkley is looking at improving the
10,000-square-foot neo-classical building. Planned upgrades include
bringing it up to code, making it more accessible, and preserving the
historic elements.

The 2-story Fire Hall
was built in 1928 and originally served as a fire department station.
Its exterior is composed of brick and limestone. It was added to
Michigan’s list of historic places in 1988. Today, it serves as home to
offices for the Berkley Historic Museum and storage for the city.

Source: Chris Aller, principal of Stephen Auger + Associates Architects
Writer: Jon Zemke