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Federal officials open new $14 million Detroit Border Patrol Station on city's east side

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DETROIT — Federal officials are opening a new $14 million Detroit Border Patrol Station on the city's east side.

The 42,500-square-foot U.S. Customs and Border Protection facility sits on an 11-acre site and houses nearly 100 Border Patrol agents.

Grand opening events were taking place Thursday. Acting Chief Patrol Agent R. Alan Booth says in a statement the building "sits as a symbol of 91 years of Border Patrol tradition and a symbol of the resurgence of Detroit."

Construction for the new station began in early 2013. It includes more than 23,000 square feet of office space; a 3,000 square foot processing area; a gym and locker room; and a helipad.

The station replaces a 5,200-square-foot facility that was designed for nine agents and had been used by Border Patrol since 1996.

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