Ground breaks Monday for community center – and it’s got a name

Farmington Hills officials will on September 23 break ground for the city’s new community center, which now has a name.

The Hawk
This rendering shows the east entrance to The Hawk community center, in the former Harrison High School. (City of Farmington Hills)

Earlier this year, city and school district officials finalized a $500,000 purchase agreement for the former Harrison High School, which closed in June. When the building opens in 2020, it will be known as “The Hawk.”

The 6 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony will be held on the east side of the building at 29995 W. 12 Mile Rd. City council and Parks and Recreation Commission members will break up concrete at The Hawk’s future main entrance.

Mayor Ken Massey will share information about the $20 million project, including the center and park. The facilities will offer aquatics, fitness, sports, camps, classes, and other recreational programs and events.

City council members in July voted to issue $25 million in bonds to pay for the Harrison project and improvements to the Costick Center.

The Hawk is expected to open in the fall of 2020. To learn more, visit

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