In December of 2000, the city government of Highland Park was taken over by the state of Michigan due to mounting financial problems and internal corruption. The move effectively disbanded the local government, the departments of which were absorbed by the city of Detroit and state agencies.
Just off of Woodward Avenue, hidden behind storefronts and apartments, is a cul-de-sac with the former headquarters of Highland Park's police, fire, and municipal divisions. In 2001 the Highland Park police department was dissolved, and its day-to-day operations were taken over by the Wayne County Sheriff's department. The police department was reformed in 2007, moving to a new location on Woodward. All three buildings closed with plans to reopen quickly, but it wasn't until 2009 that control of the city was returned to the local government. By then, the buildings had been broken into and looted.
The station was demolished in January of 2012.