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The City of Northville is a distinctive community of approximately 6,000 residents located on the western edge of metro Detroit with properties in both Wayne and Oakland counties. The City was incorporated as a village in 1867 and as a city in 1955. The 2.2 square mile area is equally divided between Wayne and Oakland Counties and is about 30 minutes from downtown Detroit and 25 minutes from downtown Ann Arbor. The major thoroughfares of I-275 and M-14 are nearby.
The Northville area is known for its rolling hills and attractive countryside. The City retains a small-town atmosphere with stately Victorian-era architecture in its Historic District and well-kept older homes built before the 1930s. The housing mixture includes single-family residences, condominiums, and multi-family complexes. A "walk to" downtown boasts of old-fashioned street lamps, benches, specialty shops, galleries, theaters, restaurants, businesses, and preserved landmarks.
The City is part of the award winning Northville School District that has six elementary, two middle, and one senior high school. The math and reading MEAP scores for the Northville Public Schools district run about 35% above state averages.
The City of Northville offers the following services: Northville Community Center, District Library, Joint City/Township Recreation Program, four bank/savings and loan/credit unions, an active Chamber of Commerce, senior citizen housing, nearby Maybury State Park, a post office, 11 churches, a weekly newspaper, full time police department, the Northville Downs Racetrack, Northville Cider Mill, Mill Race Historical Village, art festivals, the Victorian Festival, and organized holiday celebrations.
The City’s major employers are the Northville Public Schools, Kroger, and Jack Doheny Supply.
For current tax rates read more in our Tax and Assessing Department.
The City of Northville is a home rule Charter City with the Council/Manager form of government. The City Council is comprised of a Mayor, who is elected at large for a two-year term, and four Council members who are elected at large with four-year staggered terms. The City Manager, appointed by the City Council, is the chief administrative officer of the City.
Tunes on Tuesday gets the audience dancing
The free summer concert series for families is managed by Northville Parks and Recreation, and sponsored by the DDA, Ward Church and Community Financial Credit Union. (Individual concerts have additional sponsors.) It’s held from 10:30 to noon at Northville Town Square (rain location is at Genitti’s, 108 E. Main).
Seniors gather for a holiday meal, music and friendship
An early Thanksgiving dinner was enjoyed by 100 seniors who
gathered at the Northville Community Center at noon on Nov. 15 for this
lively annual event sponsored by Northville Senior Adult Services.
Northville launches StoryVille - Holiday stories that warm the heart on cold winter days & nights
Imagine huddling around a lit storefront in downtown Northville
with family and friends or just one special person, listening to
a holiday story, recorded in vivid vocals over a musical score,
that lifts the story from the pages into your mind and heart –
full of wonder, suspense, tears, and laughter. While you listen
to the story, you also gaze at the store window, which is simply
or elaborately decorated in the style of the book to enhance the
Residents, staff and city officials conveyed good wishes to Housing Director Sherry Necelis at her retirement party
Nearly all 100 residents of Allen Terrace joined with guests
from the City – including Northville Mayor Ken Roth, City
Council Member Marilyn Price and City Manager Pat Sullivan – on
Oct. 30 to say goodbye to Sherry Necelis, who is retiring as
Housing director. Housing Commission President Roger Schultz,
Vice President Al Deneau and members Nancy Catallo, Lou Ronayne
and Jerry Mittman also were at the party.
Allen Terrace’s director is retiring, leaving behind one big happy family
Sherry Necelis is retiring as housing director for the
City of Northville on Oct. 31. A farewell party, open to the public, is
planned for Monday, Oct. 30, at 1:30 p.m. at Allen Terrace, 401-A High
Mayor Ken Roth’s speech at Northville’s Town Square on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
Welcome everyone to today’s events as Northville celebrates the 150th anniversary of its founding. When the first settlers arrived here it could take as long as three days to journey from the center of Detroit; Northville was at the edge of the wilderness. In March of 1867 Northville broke off from Plymouth and declared itself a village one day prior to Plymouth declaring itself a village. Northville got its name by being North of Plymouth.
City of Northville celebrates 150th Anniversary of its founding as a village
History came to life at this year’s Heritage Festival as the City of Northville officially celebrated its 150th anniversary of becoming a village in 1867. (It became a city in 1955.) The Village of Northville came into being when early settlers moved north from neighboring Plymouth, which celebrates its 150th anniversary as a city this year. Read the entire story.
Kiwanis is an adult club that’s all about kids
Kiwanis is a worldwide organization that launched a new club in Northville in 2012. It’s a youthful group, with 50% of its members under the age of 40, all of whom live or work in Northville city or township. Erin Flynn, an attorney at Kelly & Kelly, is vice president of the club and will take on the president’s role on Oct. 1, 2017. Read the entire story
Maybury gets new trailhead kiosk
The Regional Trailhead Kiosk and the LINK signage with Maybury were installed and celebrated on Sept. 9, 2017. Read the entire story
Downtown Northville brings oversized games to Town Square for the summer
For those who enjoy playing Jenga, Corn Hole, Dominos or Connect 4 and like being outdoors during the summer, visit downtown Northville to “get your game on” with these newly made oversized games. Find out more.
Mosquito pool in Pontiac tests positive for West Nile Virus
The first mosquito pool in Oakland County tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). No human cases of the virus have been confirmed in Oakland County yet this year. Preventive measures help reduce the risk of catching this mosquito-borne disease, which is typically detected from June through September. Get tips to prevent mosquito bites.
Senior Fest 2017
The turnout was grand for the Senior Fest 2017 held June 7 at the Northville Community Center, with 137 attendees and 23 volunteers, including 13 firefighters who got a kick out of line dancing with the seniors.
Neighborhood Association Series
With hundreds of people living in each of Northville's signature neighborhoods, there's a lot of work to be done for the common good. The people who facilitate this are the board members of homeowner/condo associations. Read the five-part series.
Pickleball draws avid players to Northville Community Center
What's the game with a funny name that has become fanatically popular in recent years? It's pickleball, a moderately strenuous game played indoors or outdoors on a badminton-sized court with a short tennis net. Read about pickleball in Northville.
Holiday Lighted Parade delights crowd
Thousands of adults and children came to downtown Northville on Friday evening, Nov. 18, to see the Holiday Lighted Parade, an annual tradition for more than 20 years.
Northville Public Library celebrates 20th anniversary in current location
The Northville Public Library has turned the page on being at its current location for 20 years, after holding a public reception in mid October. What will the next chapter bring? Learn more about the Northville Public Library.
Northville Public Library holds open house for its 20th anniversary in current location
The Northville Public Library hosted an open house on Sunday, Oct. 16, to celebrate the 20th anniversary at its current location. The event featured a scavenger hunt, a magician, face-painting and tattoos, balloon artists, crafts, and entertainment by the Northville High School Backbeat and Treblemakers Singers. Northville Public Library's open house.
Former City employee now heads Maybury State Park
Traci Sincock, newly appointed park Supervisor at Maybury State Park, is linked to the City of Northville in more ways than one and is using her connections and collaborations to create some exciting new offerings at the unique “urban park.” Read about Traci's new appointment.
New director of Parks and Recreation Program hits the ground running
Mark Gasche has some heavy lifting to do as the new director of Parks and Recreation for the city and township of Northville. Learn more about Mark, his experience, and plans in his new role.
To market, to market, to buy fresh fish, flowers, cheese, fruit and more
The Farmers' Market in Northville, held Thursdays from May 5 to Oct. 27 on the northwest corner of 7 Mile and Sheldon, draws shoppers of all ages to feast their eyes on the colorful array of produce, flowers and hand-crafted items, and purchase farm-fresh items for their households. Check out the Northville Farmers' Market.
Meals on Wheels Program faces funding shortage
Northville seniors who participate in Meals on Wheels say they treasure the program that provides a hot meal at lunchtime to seniors age 60 and older, Monday through Friday. Yet, cuts in funding continue and many seniors are concerned. Read about the Meals on Wheels program.
Fifth graders get a jump on middle school at weeklong summer CAMP
Eighty 5th grade students who either need help in taking the next step to being in middle school or want to get a head start on the experience attended a weeklong summer CAMP program, Aug. 15-19, at Hillside and Meads Mill middle schools. Fifth grade CAMP story.
Dedication of Allen Terrace’s computer room to Sue Hooper draws family, residents and friends
Dozens of residents, family members and friends of the late Sue Hooper crowded into the computer room at Allen Terrace on Aug. 15 to talk about the bubbling personality, kindness and computer skills of the former president of the Northville Housing Commission at a celebration to honor her legacy and dedicate the room as The Sue Hooper Technology Center. Read about the dedication and Sue's legacy.