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About Novi
Everything you might want to
know about Novi, Michigan USA
Last updated: October 2016

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Welcome to Novi! Novi is a newer, thriving suburb of metropolitan Detroit Michigan. Novi is a shopper's paradise, home to many businesses, and a beautiful, well-managed community. Novi is home to Twelve Oaks Mall -- the largest mall in Michigan. There are several other shopping plazas in the city, as well as three large shopping centers near Twelve Oaks.

Novi is now home to the annual Michigan State Fair, and also home to many businesses, several technical and business centers, several hotels and motels, and numerous delicious restaurants. The entire region's power grid is controlled from ITC's headquarters in Novi.

There are numerous medical facilities in Novi including Providence Park Hospital - a state-of-the-art facility with 24-hour emergency service and a large campus, as well as several urgent care centers and medical office buildings.

If you are visiting Novi, new to the area, or considering visiting or relocating to Novi, you've made a great choice. Novi is a wonderful place to be. The area is nice. There is much to do. The schools are excellent. And you won't find more shopping anywhere in Michigan. The People of Novi are proud of the City and what is has to offer. That's why we created this web site.


Novi is located about 10 miles north-west of Detroit Michigan in south-western Oakland County and is 31.6 square miles, or 20,417 acres. Getting around Novi is fairly easy, as all major east – west roads are numbered and exactly one mile apart. 8 Mile Road is the southern border of the city. 14 Mile Road is the northern border. Major north-south routes are also exactly one mile apart.  Access to Novi is easy, as four major highways intersect within the border – M-5, I-96, I-275, and I-696. Novi is relatively flat, with low, rolling hills. Much of Walled Lake lies within the city limits at the northern border, and a few smaller lakes, ponds, streams and wetlands can be found throughout the city.

Getting to Novi
Access to Novi is easy. From the south or east, just follow I-696 west or I-275 north to I-96 west, and exit at Novi Road. However, visitors to the shopping area, located just north of I-96, may want to exit either highway onto M-5 North, and exit M-5 at Twelve Mile Road. This takes you in the back way and can save time. From the west, exit I-96 at Novi Road. From the north, you'll need a map unless you take one of these highways due to the large number of lakes, and lack of through roads north of Novi.

Novi is organized under a Mayor – City Council – City Manager system. The City Council generally meets twice each month. All city departments report to Novi's City Manager. Novi Mayor Robert Gatt is very well respected in town. Complete details about the city government can be found at the City's official website:

Novi is well represented in the Michigan Senate by the Honorable Mike Kowall  (R), in the Michigan House by the Honorable Kathy Crawford (R), and by Oakland County Commissioner Hugh Crawford (R) (yes, the Crawford's are husband and wife).

Novi is believed to have been first settled in 1825, 12 years before Michigan became a state. The first Novi Township Hall was constructed in 1876, and rebuilt due to a fire in 1915. The Novi Fire Department was formed in 1929. In 1941, a local man created the Novi Special race car. The Novi Police Department was formed in 1954, and the first police officer, Chief Lee BeGole, remained Novi's top cop until 1991. Novi became a city in 1969 by citizen vote. However, one subdivision decided to remain a township, and to this day remains Novi Township with a population of about 150.

The largest building project in the City’s history was completed in 1977 with the opening of the Twelve Oaks Mall, shortly after I-96 opened through the center of town. The Novi Civic Center, seat of the city government, was built in 1987. In 1992 an old warehouse was converted into the Novi Exhibition Center -- the second largest such building in the state. That has since been torn down, and the beautiful new Suburban Collection Showplace.

For a detailed, pictorial history of Novi, see the book Images of America Novi, by Barbara Louie and Samuel Popkin.

Where did Novi get it's name? No one seems to know for sure, but here's what is known.

In the Detroit area, distance is measured in minutes, not miles. Here are some average “distances”, door to door, from the center of Novi:

Canada (Windsor, Ontario) 45 minutes
Casinos in Detroit 30
Comerica Park, home of the Tigers 30
Detroit Metro Airport 30
Downtown Detroit 30
Ford Field, home of the Detroit Lions 35
Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village 30
Joe Louis Arena, home of the Red Wings 30
Lansing, the state capital 70
Palace, home of the Detroit Pistons 45
Twelve Oaks Mall   5
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 40

Parks and Recreation
There are seven nice community parks in Novi to serve residents. This includes Lakeshore & North Novi Park and Beach, Brookfarm Park, Spirit of ’76 Park, Ella Mae Power Park, Rotary Park and the Community Sports park. Fuerst park was added in 2011 near the high school, and is now a community gathering spot. Pavilion Shore Park opened in 2013 on the shores of Walled Lake.

The Novi Ice Arena open in 1998, and is home the Novi High School Wildcats varsity hockey team, and the Novi Wild school prep team. Nearby Northville High School also calls the arena home. The Novi Arena has two sheets of ice, a concession stand, pro shop, and meeting rooms. During the winter months, the high school hockey games are very well attended.

Lifetime Fitness built a beautiful, large, modern fitness and recreational center on Haggerty Road in 1999. It is very popular with area residents. Novi Bowl on Novi Road is also a popular spot. Twelve Oaks Mall has become a recreational area, where teens and walkers are common.

The Suburban Collection Showplace opened in 2005, and is now home to the new Michigan State Fair and events nearly every weekend. Novi is also home to Catholic Central High School and the Emagine Theater - the first all-digital theater in the state.

The 2010 census population of Novi is 55,224. It's now estimated at 60,000. Twenty years ago, it was less than half that. The median age in Novi is 34. Novi’s population is expected to continue to grow at a rate far above average for the region.

Public Services
The City of Novi provides excellent services to the People. Novi has its own police and fire departments, which are well manned and equipped. The crime rate in Novi is very low. In addition to the usual police duties, the department also provides a school liaison officer.
Novi utilizes 9-1-1 for emergencies.

The fire department uses a fulltime / paid-on-call system.  Community EMS provides ambulance service 24/365 with at least a couple rigs in town continually. The Novi Fire Department also  responds to all medical calls. Persons interested in becoming paid-on-call firefighters should contact the Fire Department, or click here for information.

The Detroit Water and Sewer Department – one of the largest systems in the country, provides water and sewer services for most residences. DTE Energy provides electricity, and Consumers Energy provides natural gas service. Bright House Networks provides regular and digital cable service as well as Internet access and phone service to most residences. AT&T provides local phone and Internet service. Cellular Service is available locally from several companies.

This web site provides continually updated local news and community information, and is operated by the People of Novi as a community service. The Novi News is published weekly on Thursdays. Novi High School is home to a student run radio station, located at 89.5FM.

Restaurants and Bars
Novi is home to numerous restaurants. Local favorites include Moe's on Ten, No. VI Chop House, Steve and Rocky's, and Shiros. For nightlife, the current hot spots are the Library Pub on Grand River Avenue, and several other locations at Fountain Walk Mall. Complete details can be found here.

One cannot say enough good things about the Novi Community Schools. Excellent leadership, sound fiscal management, and community involvement have made the school system one of the finest in the State of Michigan. Every measure and report we see indicates Novi Community Schools is among the finest in Michigan. 

The Detroit News rates Novi Community Schools A+ for overall achievement. Recent awards include Novi High School being named a National Blue Ribbon Exemplary school, and also being rated as a “Best 100 High School” by U.S. News & World Report. Standard and Poors (S&P) indicates Novi Community Schools students excel in standardized testing at the state and national level and have a very high graduation rate. S&P also indicates Novi Community Schools has below average administrative expenses, and average spending per student when compared to similar communities. 

Novi Community Schools consists of a high school, junior high school, and five elementary schools as well as an administrative center. Novi voters approved a millage recently to expand and remodel the high school to meet growing population demands. Novi Community Schools Technology Division has created an excellent web site at

Novi School’s sports teams also excel. Novi High School has 55 teams representing the school, and the majority of students also participate in athletics. In addition to the usual sports, Novi is home to an equestrian team, two hockey teams, two swim teams, a lacrosse team, two soccer teams, and a competitive cheer team. Novi's sports teams and athletes excel at the local, state and national level.

If you are considering Novi and have school age children, you've made the right choice.

Some residents on the south side of town attend Northville Schools, some on the north side attend Walled Lake Schools, and some on the west side attend South Lyon Schools. All are also excellent school districts.

 ~ The Editor

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