Santa Visits The “Frozen” Ice Palace At Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

Santa returned to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets to find a new “Frozen” Ice Palace.  The Frozen Ice Palace, named after the Disney movie Frozen, is an interactive holiday display featuring characters from the movie, a 30-foot Ice Palace with falling snow, a light show, interactive globes and other activities for the whole family.

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Adults and children alike will enjoy leaving their hand print in ice at The Icy Hand Print Experience, seeing how they compare in size to Frozen characters – Sven & Olaf, and having their photo taken with a plush Olaf at the Ice Throne.  The journey ends at the Ice Palace with a visit to Santa.

Santa is available all hours Great Lakes Crossing Outlets is open this holiday season.

Happy Holidays!

SL America Moving North American Engineering Center to Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

More good news!

SL America, a Tier 1 supplier of exterior lighting, gear shifters, electronics, and pedal modules for the automotive industry has announced plans to invest approximately $5.5 million in the City of Auburn Hills.  The company has outgrown its current facility in Sterling Heights and plans to expand into a 40,000 sq. ft. building located at 4375 Giddings Road.  The move will create a larger North American engineering center for the company and employ 118 people.  SL America is a subsidiary of South Korea-based SL Corporation.  Their primary customers are Hyundai-Kia, GM, and Ford.

SL America will be renovating the building formally occupied by Plex Systems at 4375 Giddings Road

SL America will be renovating the building formally occupied by Plex Systems at 4375 Giddings Road

Look Who’s 60

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Today, we had a fun celebration to honor Building Official Jeff Spencer who turns 60 years old on Saturday.  Jeff’s a critical member of our team.  His knowledge of the “ins and outs” of building construction is quite amazing, but that’s not what makes him special to us.  Those who know Jeff will tell you that he’s always thinking of others and has an extremely generous spirit.  We love this guy.

The Community Department Staff wishes Jeff (front and center) a Happy 60th Birthday

The Community Department Staff wishes Jeff (front and center) a Happy 60th Birthday

The team had brownie sundaes for Jeff

The team had brownie sundaes for Jeff

Jeff has served the City for the past 27 years.  He has witnessed the City’s growth and has ensured that hundreds of structures have been built safely over the years.  He’s done and seen just about everything.

Many may not know that Jeff grew up in the community and is an Avondale High School graduate.  He shared these neat photos of him with us from back in 1968 and 1969.

Fall 1968 - Jeff (second to the right) with his Avondale buddies standing on Waukegan

Fall 1968 – Jeff (second to the right) with his Avondale buddies standing on Waukegan

1969 - 9th Grade Mock Election - Jeff's humor goes way back

1969 – 9th Grade Mock Election – Jeff’s humor goes way back

Happy Birthday, big brother!

The Voodoo Hits The Road

Posted by – Dale Mathes, Code Enforcement Officer

Last year this blog introduced us all to Eric Gorges, the owner/operator of Voodoo Choppers at 2720 Auburn Road in our fair City (click here to read).  While Eric continues to create hand-made chopper motorcycles in town, he’s now hosting a new TV series known as Craftsman’s Legacy on PBS.

B0VPAzQIgAIOWo8This series was created to showcase the skills and talents of a variety of artisans who, like Eric, fashion pieces by hand.  There is a gunsmith, a potter, a saddle maker, a glassblower, a boat builder, a basket weaver and many other craftsmen and women who are dedicated to making things with their hands, often using traditional methods.

Eric is there to find out about their particular craft and works alongside them as well.  A large part of the series is a dedication to maintaining and furthering the practice of these crafts for the future.

The series, Craftsman’s Legacy, can be seen on PBS channel 56 on Saturday mornings at 11:30 a.m.  I, for one, am going to set my DVR for every Saturday so I don’t miss a single show.

And Eric, keep doing that voodoo that you do so well.

Dollar General Store Edging Closer to Completion

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The new Dollar General store located at 645 S. Opdyke Road is now enclosed and the project is edging closer to being complete.  The property is the site of the former Fiero Lanes Bowling Alley.

The Dollar General store is now fully enclosed for the winter

The Dollar General store is now fully enclosed for the winter

Contractors are currently working on adding insulation and drywall to the inside walls in preparation of the store’s opening, which is anticipated to occur around mid-January 2015.

Inside shell of the Dollar General store under construction

Inside shell of the Dollar General store under construction

Stay tuned for more information on the project’s progress.

New Visioneering Headquarters Soaring Forward

Posted by – Howard Wager, Building Inspector

Construction progress is soaring at the new Visioneering Headquarters, which is located on Taylor Road, near I-75.

Steel is up and trees are being planted at the new Visioneering Headquarters

Steel is up and trees are being planted at the new Visioneering Headquarters

The project has evolved tremendously in a short amount of time and contractors anticipate that the entire shell structure will be standing by the end of week.  Construction crews have been working six days a week since August to ensure a smooth process.  Weather permitting, the building should be ready for occupancy by Spring 2015.

The City of Auburn Hills is excited that this aerospace engineering company has made us their landing pad.

 

 

Achatz Homemade Pies Now Available At GLC Outlets

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you have a love for homemade pies, we have good news for you.

Just in time for the holiday’s Achatz Homemade Pie Company has opened up a kiosk at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  Located between Districts 3 and 4, near Burlington Coat Factory, is where you’re going to have to make that difficult decision as to what type of pie you’ll want to purchase.

Just in time for the holiday shopping season

Just in time for the holiday shopping season

There’s a wide variety of pies to choose from.  Will it be an Apple Double Crust, Michigan 4-Berry Double Crust, Chocolate Cream, or a Cannoli pie?

In reality, which ever one you choose you can’t go wrong.  They’re all delicious.