Hard To Say Goodbye

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Today is Karrie Marsh’s last day.  It’s hard to say goodbye to this wonderful person.

Karrie Marsh

Karrie Marsh

For those who don’t know, Karrie Marsh is the Executive Assistant for the City Manager.  She is leaving us for a great opportunity at a local school.  We wish her much success in her new position.

Karrie didn’t just assist the City Manager, she helped everyone in the organization.  Simply, she made the City of Auburn Hills better during her time with us.  Karrie was the person, often behind the scenes, that helped keep things running and made others look good.  A natural-born servant leader.

Karrie, thank you for your dedication to the community and service to your co-workers.

You will be missed.

New Church Set To Open On Lapeer Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to welcome Genesis Christian Church to the City of Auburn Hills!

Pastor William Bell, Jr. and First Lady Dedtra J. Bell

Pastor William Bell, Jr. and First Lady Dedtra J. Bell

This past Monday, the City Council approved the church’s permit to locate at 2655 Lapeer Road.  The site was the former home of the Santa Fe Authentic Mexican Restaurant.  The 100 member congregation plans to convert the 5,046 square foot building into their own permanent meeting place.  The church currently gathers in rented space at the Concorde Inn, located in the City of Rochester Hills.

Renovations to the building will consist of general repairs and cosmetic changes.  Their plan is to open for services later in the Spring.  Pastor William Bell, Jr. has indicated that the church is eager to become part of the community.

We’re very pleased that they chose to grow in Auburn Hills.

Construction Begins on Noah’s

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Construction started this week on Noah’s, a 10,300 sq. ft. multi-purpose event and conference center.  The $4 million dollar project is located at the southwest corner of North Squirrel Road and Cross Creek Parkway, across from Oakland University.

foundation complete

The building’s foundation, barely visible in the photo above, is complete and work will continue next week with additional grading of the site, underground plumbing and concrete.

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Construction on the event center is expected to be complete in mid-summer this year.  Stay tuned for updates!

 

 

Luck of the Irish: Shannon Precision Fastener Opens in Auburn Hills

Posted by – Howard Wager, Building Inspector 

Last Friday, the City of Auburn Hills was pleased to be a part of the opening celebration for Shannon Precision Fastener’s new facility at 4425 Purks Road.  The Madison Heights-based company manufactures powertrain parts, chassis parts, and seat belt bolts.

Prior to joining the City, this project was one of many that I worked on for Shannon as a superintendent for Rhoads & Johnson Construction.  Ed Lumm with Shannon (left) and Howard Wager (right)

Prior to joining the City, this project was one of many that I worked on for Shannon as a superintendent for Rhoads & Johnson Construction. Ed Lumm with Shannon (left) and Howard Wager (right)

In 2014, Shannon purchased the 183,000 square foot building previously occupied by Lear Seating.  They have since renovated the facility and site by adding a new truck dock, quality control room, and landscaping.  They’re now in the process of adding fresh air intakes and smog control systems in the factory to ensure clean air and a safe environment, inside and out.

The company plans to also fill space in the plant with additional machinery within the next four years, which will produce several new job openings within the City.

I know this company very well based on my past work with them.  They’re a first-class organization.

Mayor Kevin McDaniel, along with City Manager Tom Tanghe, and Assistant City Manager Don Grice, presented a City Flag to Shannon Fasteners to show the City's commitment and partnership in their new endeavor.

Mayor Kevin McDaniel, along with City Manager Tom Tanghe and Assistant City Manager Don Grice, presented a City Flag to Shannon Precision Fasteners to show the City’s commitment and partnership in their new endeavor.

We wish them good luck and continued success.

How Many Cats and Dogs Can I Have?

Posted by – Darren Darge, Code Enforcement Officer

We are often asked, “How many cats can I have?  How many dogs can I have?  Are there any restrictions on breeds?”  While the City’s animal ordinance is quite extensive, we can review a few basics.

As stated in the Auburn Hills Code of Ordinances:
A person shall not keep or allow to be kept within the city more than five dogs and five cats (six months or older) at a single residence.

Pets are very enjoyable to many people and families.  Just make sure they are not a nuisance to your neighbors.

Pets are very enjoyable to many people and families. Just make sure they are not a nuisance to your neighbors.

The ordinance is limited to domesticated dogs and cats only.  Any crossbreeds between dogs and coyotes or dogs and wolves is prohibited.

Be courteous to your neighbors by cleaning up after your pets and keeping barking dogs quiet to limit disturbances.  We have received several complaints about these concerns over the years from frustrated property owners.

The City’s animal ordinance goes into detail regarding the keeping, caring and restrictions related to having pets and animals.  To learn more, click here.

Are You Ready To Go Camping?

Posted by – Howard Wager, Building Inspector

A & S RV Center is gearing up for the upcoming camping season.  They’re currently remodeling their facility to add a second floor inside their showroom and several new office spaces for their growing sales team.

Remodeling at A & S RV Center

Remodeling at A & S RV Center

A & S RV Center first opened its doors in 1960 and moved their operations to Auburn Hills at 2375 N. Opdyke Road in 1973.  Over the years their facility has expanded into what it is today and they continue to grow.  The Detroit RV Camper Show held in Novi last month, was reported to be their best ever in terms of attendance and sales.  They have even expanded their operation to include a new location in Midland, Michigan which opened in January of this year.

A & S RV Center President Larry Andree stands in front of his business

A & S RV Center President Larry Andree stands in front of his business

To help you forget about the snow and think about the warmer camping days ahead, here’s a link to their blog on the Top State Parks in Michigan.

We wish A & S RV Center much continued success.

New Housing Planned at Baldwin and Collier

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills to develop an apartment complex on a 19.96 acre parcel of land located at the southeast corner of Baldwin and Collier Roads.  The 81-unit development will be called Mosaic of Auburn Hills.

Site Plan for Mosaic of Auburn Hills

Site Plan for Mosaic of Auburn Hills

The development will offer a variety of housing options.  It will include 36 townhouse style apartments with two and three bedroom options and 45 “modern” style apartments with nine unique floor plans ranging from ranch, split level, to colonial style living.  All proposed buildings will be developed as renter-occupied apartments.  Each unit will have a one-car garage.

Rendering of the elevation of the modern style apartment buildings

Rendering of the elevation of the modern style apartment buildings

Upon review and approval, construction is expected to begin this Spring with completion anticipated to take place by the end of 2016.  The overall investment is estimated at $9 million.

Those interested in learning more about this development proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission’s meeting on Tuesday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.