Novi Civic Center opening as overnight warming center for residents - Facility will be open to Novi residents from 9pm-8am starting Friday, March 10
Release date: Friday, March 10, 2017
Contact: Nathan Mueller, Community Relations Specialist 248-347-0431
NOVI, Mich., March 10, 2017 – At the request of Novi Mayor Bob Gatt, the Novi Civic Center will be transitioning into an overnight warming center for Novi residents.
Mayor Gatt asked City staff to consider opening the facility at 45175 Ten Mile Road throughout the night so people would have a warm place to rest. The Civic Center will be open starting tonight at 9 p.m. and remain open until 8 a.m. on Saturday. If power remains out, the facility will open at those same times on Saturday.
There are a little more than 2,100 homes in Novi without power due to the high winds that wreaked havoc on southeast Michigan on Wednesday.
“The health and safety of our residents is of the utmost importance to me, especially as temperatures have dropped,” said Mayor Gatt. “We hope a warm facility and being greeted by smiling faces will provide a safe respite during this challenging time.”
Those who choose to use the facility are asked to bring a lawn chair and whatever they need to rest comfortably (ie. Blankets, sleeping bags, pillows, air mattresses, etc.) Residents should also bring any food or snacks they need as well. They will have access to clean restrooms, water, vending machines, cell phone charging stations and free wifi. Pets will not be permitted inside the Civic Center.
The facility will be staffed by members of our Community Emergency Response Team, and the Novi Police Department is next door should any emergency arise.
Additionally, Novi Civic Center is open 8-5 p.m. Monday-Friday and the Novi Public Library from 10-6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and noon-6 p.m. on Sunday for those who want to warm up or charge their cell phones during the day.