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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
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.
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
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.
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
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
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
the Detroit area, distance is measured in minutes, not miles.
Here are some average “distances”, door to door, from the center of
Park, home of the Tigers
home of the Detroit Lions
Ford Museum & Greenfield Village
Louis Arena, home of the Red Wings
the state capital
home of the Detroit Pistons
of Michigan, Ann Arbor
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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