New facility sits on 11 acres on Detroit’s east side
DETROIT — United States Border Patrol Detroit Sector held a grand opening ceremony today on the Border Patrol’s 91st Birthday for their new Detroit Station. The facility located at 11700 East Jefferson Avenue meets Leadership in Engineering & Environmental Design Silver Standards, and can accommodate 100 agents in a 42,500 square foot building. It is located on more than 11 acres of land and replaces a 5,200 square foot leased facility at 1331 Atwater Street that was designed for only 9 agents.
Construction for the new station began in early 2013 and was completed at the cost of approximately $14 million. The new station features over 23,000 square feet of office space; a 3,000 square foot processing area; gym and locker room; muster room; wet gear/bulk storage area; a short-term kennel that can accommodate up to three canines; and a 8,100 square foot helipad to support Office of Air and Marine aircraft as well as other law enforcement aviation assets.
“The Agents and staff who work in this station are not just Border Patrol agents they are also Detroiters. They are men and woman who care about this city as much as they care about our country.” said Acting Chief Patrol Agent R. Alan Booth. “This building sits as a symbol of 91 years of Border Patrol tradition and a symbol of the resurgence of Detroit.”
The Detroit Border Patrol Station was executed as a partnership between U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Administration Facilities Management & Engineering Directorate; Border Patrol Facilities & Tactical Infrastructure Program Management Office; U.S. Border Patrol Headquarters; U.S. Border Patrol Detroit Sector; and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Engineering & Construction Support Office Detroit and Fort Worth Districts.
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.