$28 Million Project Proposed on Five Points Community Church Property

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The best way to describe this project is that it will feel like “a cruise ship on land” for its residents.

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills to develop 8.06 acres of vacant land currently owned by the Five Points Community Church located on north side of Walton Road between N. Squirrel Road and Patrick Henry.  The property is located directly across the street from the YMCA and KinderCare.

Site Plan for First & Main

Site Plan for First & Main

Wyoming, Michigan-based developer Granger Group wishes to construct a three-story 169,460 sq. ft. senior community composed of independent living, assisted living, and memory care at the site.  This community is intended to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes.  The typical age of their residents will range between 85 and 87 years old.

Granger’s unique “First & Main” design integrates healthcare, senior living, hospitality, and retail into a healing environment that’s natural and welcoming.  Their town center concept gives the development’s residents the look and feel of a downtown boulevard inside the building, which includes a variety of amenities such as a bistro, shops, spa, salon, art studio, healing garden, and chapel.

Rendering of the proposed building facade

Rendering of the proposed building facade

Upon receiving City Council approval, this attractive $28 million development is expected to break ground in November.  Construction of the first phase consisting of a 102-unit assisted living/memory care facility (east wing) is anticipated to be completed in Summer 2015.  The 61-unit independent living residences (west wing) is planned to begin six to 18 months after the first phase is up and running.

Those interested in learning more about First & Main are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission’s meeting on Thursday, October 30th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.


Fieldstone Moving Office to Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The excitement surrounding Downtown Auburn Hills keeps growing as Fieldstone Architecture and Engineering, LLC announced this week that they plan to relocate their offices in January 2015 to the top floor of the Ashford Commons building located at 3400 Auburn Road.  They will bring 20 people to the building, with plans to employ between 40 and 50 employees at the site in the very near future.  The cost of the renovation is estimated at $275,000.

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Founded in 2011 when a group of well-experienced former colleagues joined together to provide design and engineering services for builders, Fieldstone excels at delivering a high-quality product while remaining mindful of its customers’ budgets and tight timelines.

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The firm credits rapid growth as the main reason for their move from their current location at 691 N. Squirrel Road.  Fieldstone numbers six of the top 10 homebuilders in the United States among its clients, which also include locally owned and operated Bloomingdale Construction of Rochester and Pulte Homes.  Further growth is fueled by recent expansion of its offerings to include commercial architecture, interior design services, and a newly formed construction management division, Fieldstone Construction Services.  Ryan Rasmussen, president and CEO, explained their success stems from their ability to understand what is important to their clients and how to tailor their services to meet their specific needs.

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Stay tuned for more information about their ribbon cutting scheduled for early next year.

Healthy For The Holidays

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

While gathering gifts at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets this holiday season, hungry shoppers will have healthy food options.  Bozii (pronounced BO-zee), a restaurant known for its fresh, fast and healthy offerings, opened their new space last Friday.

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Their friendly staff continues to serve up uniquely portable, toasted meals filled with super foods and premium ingredients including Mediterranean vegetables with quinoa, roasted tenderloin and Maryland lump crab.  Bozii uses healthy, all natural ingredients – no preservatives or chemicals.

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Stop by their new location in District 7.  Bozii is located right next to Jared Vault.

The REAL Auburn Hills

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

No, this isn’t some expose about mismanagement, corruption or vice.  This is to show that our City deserves its name.

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Autumn is defined as “the season following summer and prior to winter, between the September equinox and the December solstice.” In Michigan autumn means the colorful change of the tree leaves.

It’s also the time of year when “Auburn Hills” becomes a reality. The rolling hills of this beautiful town truly become auburn (and golden and red.)

So, as you drive or walk or bike through our community this autumn, take time to enjoy the REAL Auburn Hills.

An International Experience Like No Other

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The City of Auburn Hills had the unique pleasure to show hospitality to a group of Chief Executive Officers and Presidents from 18 different Chinese companies yesterday.  The delegation’s stop here was part of an eight-day event organized by the China Gear Manufacturing Association and Auto Parts Alliance.

Mayor McDaniel accepts a beautiful gift from the leaders of the Chinese delegation.

Mayor McDaniel accepts a beautiful gift from the leaders of the Chinese delegation.

Objectives of their trip were to:

  • Seek potential opportunities to invest in Michigan.
  • Learn how to do business in America.
  • Visit universities to discuss potential R&D funding.
  • Visit local suppliers to learn best practices in operations, talent management, customer relations, quality, and supply chain efficiencies.
  • Visit potential customers such as GM, Ford, and Fiat Chrysler.

We could tell the Chinese business men and women really enjoyed their time in Auburn Hills.  The City provided them lunch, organized a tour of The Palace of Auburn Hills, and taught them how to fire guns at our shooting range (click here to read more).

The NBA is huge in China.  Many told us visiting The Palace of Auburn Hills was the highlight of their trip.

The NBA is huge in China. Many told us visiting The Palace of Auburn Hills was the highlight of their trip.

It was an excellent experience hosting these nice people.  We look forward to potentially working with them in the future to bring jobs and investment to the City of Auburn Hills.

Grass Cutting Season Coming To A Close

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Well, the last cut list has been sent to our contractor and the City’s Weed Abatement season officially ends this Wednesday, October 15th when the ordinance time span expires.  Whew!

This year’s program has been different in many ways.  For the first time in years the City has used a single contractor for both large, rough cutting and residential mowing.  The other major difference from past years has been the high level of compliance from property owners.

Before cutting

Before cutting

The stats aren’t all in yet but the compliance level is amazing.  Not counting the few cuts in October (due to the cooler weather) our contractor cut 87 properties this year.  Naturally, many were repeats.  But what’s amazing is that over twice that many property owners were advised and complied.  It led to a compliance rate of 68%.

After cutting

After cutting

Some explanations for the high rate of compliance might be that some homeowners had been charged for cuts in previous years and did not want the extra expense.  Another reason is the great reduction in vacant homes within the City.

But one cannot discount the “pride of place” and the cooperative attitudes of Auburn Hills’ citizens.  Excellent job!

25 Years…And Counting!

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Yesterday, the Community Development Department hosted a very special event.  Our very own, Mary Cox, celebrated 25 years of service with the City of Auburn Hills.  Friends from every City department stopped by to thank her and congratulate her on this major accomplishment, including City Manager Tom Tanghe.

Mary with City Manager Tom Tanghe

Mary with City Manager Tom Tanghe

Mary joined the Community Development Department just under two years ago, but has truly made it her new home. Visitors to our department enjoy not only her welcoming personality, but the “shrine” that has evolved in her work area, dedicated to her “Perry”, her first grandson.  Nobody leaves here without a smile after seeing Perry’s little face!

Mary's Grandson, Perry!

Mary’s Grandson, Perry!

We are very lucky to work with Mary and thank her for 25 years of service to the City of Auburn Hills.