Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders … at Meijer?

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Builders are currently putting together a Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders inside the Meijer store at 800 Brown Road in Auburn Hills.  The framework is taking shape and owner, Mike Hammoud, is planning on an early April opening.

Bellacino’s is famous for its pizza, but the big attraction is their oven baked grinders. One of their advertising lines is “Toasted Schmosted … Our Grinders are Oven Baked.”  The menu has a large variety of specialty sandwiches, pizza, and even nachos.

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So, get ready to welcome the newest addition to our City’s huge array of restaurants – Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders … and hey, why not shop at Meijer when you’re done with your meal?  Sounds like a productive day.

Making A Difference … One Home Repair At A Time

Posted by – Howard Wager, Building Inspector

Home repairs can be expensive and complicated.  So much so, that needed repairs are sometimes put off – which only makes matters worse.  To help homeowners struggling with this situation, Auburn Hills participates in the Minor Home Repair Program.

The program is designed to help residents who need assistance with smaller projects around the house that they’re unable to perform themselves. Once the resident is found eligible, the process begins with the collection of three bids and is then assigned to a qualified licensed contractor.  Projects include handicap ramps, new exterior steps, deck structure repair, handicap shower/bathroom accessories, and even some electrical and plumbing issues.

Funded by the federal Community Development Block Grant Program (CDBG), the 41-year-old program financially assists local communities, like Auburn Hills, with helping residents with minor repairs.  Projects must be consistent with broad national priorities such as preventing blight or where there is a health and safety issue.

The City’s efforts has helped many residents; such as Jessica Paredes.  Jessica and her daughter live here in Auburn Hills and their deck was in need of some minor repairs.  One of our contractors for the program, Auburn Hills based Peak Construction, helped Jessica get the project done.  Jessica’s deck and steps were in dire need of repair, to the point of a safety issue.  Peak Construction went to work!  Replaced the deck boards, repaired the deck’s structure, and replaced the stairs. Jessica and her daughter can now enjoy their outside seating area once again without any safety fears.

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This program makes a difference

This program makes a difference!

This story is just one example of how Auburn Hills works every day to assist its residents and improve the community.  For more information, feel free to give me at call at 248-364-6942 or check out this web page.

Villa Montclair: 55+ Active Adult Community To Be Reviewed Tonight

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

After three months of design, the Villa Montclair project will be publicly reviewed tonight by the Auburn Hills Planning Commission.

Site Plan for Villa Montclair

Site Plan for Villa Montclair

The 55+ active adult community proposed by the Moceri Companies, located at 3995 N. Squirrel Road, will provide 88 detached luxury condominium homes in response to the City’s growing senior population.  The overall investment is estimated at $17.5 million.

Each home will include an assortment of age-friendly amenities such as wider doorways, adequate maneuvering space in kitchens and bathrooms, switches and handles that are easier to reach and operate, and slide-out shelves.   Additional amenities found outside the home include a network of sidewalks for a walkable community, walking trails that meander through the 11 acres of preserved open space, a community garden, and a clubhouse with pool, spa, and exercise room.

Home prices are expected to range from $279,000 to $360,000

Home prices are expected to range from $279,000 to $360,000

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the City Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on this project is expected to be made by City Council on Monday, February 22, 2016.

Upon approval, construction is expected to begin this Fall.

Wake Up And Smell The ‘Starbucks’ Coffee!

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It’s about to get a little more convenient to pick up a good cup of joe … or Grande Soy Chai Tea Latte … whichever you may prefer.

We’re pleased to report that plans to construct a new 12,206 sq. ft. retail center called Auburn Hills Marketplace are now ready for public review.  The project is proposed on the site of the recently shuttered Palm Palace restaurant, which is located at the northwest corner of N. Squirrel Road and University Drive.  The estimated cost of the project is $2.75 million.

Site Plan

Site Plan

The developer, Markus Management Group, has advised the City that the anchor for the project will be a Starbucks Coffee store offering drive-through pick-up service and an outdoor seating area.  The retail center is also designed to accommodate up to five additional business tenants.

Rendering looking northwest at the site from N. Squirrel Road and University

Rendering looking northwest at the site from N. Squirrel Road and University Drive

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the project is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, February 22, 2016.

Upon approval, the ground breaking for the retail center is scheduled to take place in April 2016 with the Grand Opening expected sometime in October 2016.

A Good Sign! … Northern Sign Company Plans Move To Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills to allow the construction of a new 18,585 sq. ft. building for Northern Sign Company.  The site is located on the north side of Walton Boulevard, between Lapeer and N. Opdyke Roads.  The overall investment is estimated at $1.4 million.

Aerial view of the project location

Aerial view of the project location

Northern Sign Company is a full service sign company.  They make and install vehicle graphics along with door and window lettering.  They also manufacture sign cabinets, channel letters, pylon signs, monument signs, and flex face signs.

Site Plan For Northern Sign Company

Site Plan For Northern Sign Company

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the project is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, February 22, 2016.

If the City Council “signs off” on the project, Northern Sign Company anticipates beginning construction this Spring.

Found In A Dusty Old Box

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

While looking for files in our Records Retention building yesterday, we found these photos of the Chrysler Technology Center in a dusty old box marked “important.”

They were tucked inside a press kit folder that Chrysler Corporation distributed on October 15, 1991 (almost 25 years ago).  The scale of this mega-structure is absolutely fascinating.  Former Chrysler Chairman Lee Iacocca praised it as “the finest automotive R&D facility in the world.”

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We’re so grateful that our predecessors had the foresight to save this piece of our community’s history.

Pontiac Road Industrial North Breaks Ground

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you happened to drive down Pontiac Road, just west of Opdyke Road, the last couple days you may have noticed some heavy equipment moving dirt around.  Well, that activity is good news for anyone interested in opening a small or medium size business in Auburn Hills.

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The site is being prepared for the construction of two 8,000 sq. ft. and one 10,000 sq. ft. light industrial buildings.  Each 8,000 square foot building will have approximately 6,760 square feet of shop area and 1,240 square feet of office space, while the 10,000 square foot building will consist of 8,260 square feet of shop area and 1,740 square feet of office space.

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Completion is expected to take place sometime in the fall/winter of this year.  We look forward to the day the buildings are occupied with new and growing businesses.