DETROIT—U.S. Customs and Border Protection's Chief of the U.S. Border Patrol Michael J. Fisher together with incoming Chief Patrol Agent of the Detroit Sector Mario Martinez broke ground today on a new $17 million station in Detroit. This new state of the art facility is replacing the current station that is located at 1331 Atwater Street in Detroit.
"This station has been a requirement for some time," said Michael J. Fisher Chief United States Border Patrol. "I want to thank the leadership within Congress on the House and the Senate side for understanding that the men and women who each and every day understand service above self, the least that we can do within the organization is provide them with a sense of comfort and security in a Border Patrol Station."
The new Detroit Border Patrol Station project includes the design, construction and commissioning of a 100-agent Border Patrol Station, parking garage and combined short stay kennel facility, covered parking and uncovered parking on approximately 10 acres at the East Jefferson and Terminal site in Detroit (Wayne County), Michigan.
The Border Patrol Station will have an approximately 48,900 sq. ft. building footprint with a 2,600 sq.ft. equipment platform for a total 51,529 sq.ft. facility. The single-story facility includes office space, muster room, detainee processing and holding areas, training facilities, locker rooms, restrooms, and storage for Border Patrol agent gear and arms.
The new station is projected for completion by September 2014.
Gathering with Chief Michael J. Fisher and Chief Patrol Agent Mario Martinez to break ground on the new station were a variety of federal, state and local officials, including Scott Thieme, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Deputy District Engineer, Jerry Moses, Turner Construction Project Manager and Mark Cone, SmithGroup JJR Project Architect.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection is the unified border agency within the Department of Homeland Security charged with the management, control and protection of our nation's borders at and between the official ports of entry. CBP is charged with keeping terrorists and terrorist weapons out of the country while enforcing hundreds of U.S. laws.