RFP for "Firehouse" Restaurant Now Available!

Romulus Issues RFP for “Firehouse” Restaurant
Romulus Firehouse Site Rendering

Over $400,000 has already been invested on the property; Looking for operator with demonstrated expertise in restaurant or retail projects

ROMULUS – The City of Romulus has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to redevelop the City’s first fire station into a new restaurant or retail space. Deadline for submissions is July 17.

The one story, 3,960 square foot building was constructed in 1950 as “Fire Station #1”. It operated as a fire station until 1980 at which time it was repurposed for other uses until 2012.

The “firehouse” is located at an important entryway into Romulus’ Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District and conveniently near the City’s municipal campus, the Wayne Road/I-94 interchange, the airport and a mix of commercial, industrial and residential developments.

“This building really is in a prime location to be a dramatic entry point into our Downtown,” says LeRoy Burcroff, Mayor of Romulus. “We’re excited to partner with a developer on a creative, new concept for this project.”

The City was able to utilize unspent Community Development Block Grant Funds from Wayne County for the over $400,000 on property improvements which included construction of a new parking lot, sidewalks, new exterior lighting and landscaping, new windows, three exterior doors, roof repairs, new gutters and new brick. All hazardous materials have been abated from the interior of the building.

The City has high goals for an interested developer to create a high quality, well-designed restaurant, retail or mixed use establishment that will act as a major draw in attracting both residents and non-residents to downtown Romulus. Possible incentives are available including from the City, the DDA and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.

To obtain the RFP document or for further questions, please contact the City of Romulus Purchasing Department at 734-955-4568 or email purchasing@romulusgov.com.