We’re Looking For Auburn Hills Residents With Building Construction Experience To Serve

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

If you work or are retired with experience in building construction … we need you!

Michigan Law requires every community that enforces the State Construction Code to have a Construction Board of Appeals (CBA).  The law also requires the members of the CBA to be qualified with experience or training in the field of construction and codes.  The members of the CBA are appointed by Mayor, with confirmation by the City Council, and hear appeals from the decisions of the Building Official.

Although not required by law, we’re especially interested in finding one or more Auburn Hills residents that are licensed in the building trades (electrical, mechanical, or plumbing), building construction, general contracting, or architecture to serve on this Board.

Don’t worry!  Serving on this Board would not be a demanding time commitment.  The CBA meets on an as-needed basis.  The group last gathered for a hearing in 2004.

If you’re interested in serving as a volunteer in this capacity, please e-mail your credentials to scohen@auburnhills.org.

Flavors Abound at Mediterranean Village Grill

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

It’s always nice to announce the opening of a new business in Auburn Hills, especially when it involves food.  And when the food offered includes an assortment of dishes that are both flavorful and healthy, well that’s a bonus.

Mediterranean Village Grill is officially open with a menu that includes a number of authentic Mediterranean dishes like falafel, tabbouli, chicken taouk and everyone’s favorite – shawarma (chicken & beef).  The three salads on the menu (fattoush, tabbouli, and kale lentil) are sure to catch the eye of the more health-conscious customer.

If you’re not in the mood for the flavors of the Mediterranean region, no need to worry – their menu also includes hamburgers, fries (regular, seasoned and loaded), wings, lentil soup and more.

If you’re looking for someplace new to eat that serves fresh food fast, check out Mediterranean Village Grill, located 3047 Walton Boulevard within the Walton Plaza Shopping Center.

Wine Tasting With A Twist

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

If you’re looking for something different to do this Saturday, September 15th, stop by Downtown Auburn Hills for Michigan By The Bottle’s Sip and Shop Vendor Fair.

There will be a number of vendors on hand, both inside and outside along their storefront selling apparel, jewelry, home decor, beauty products, snacks, handmade goods and more. There will also be a massage therapist on hand offering chair massages.

The first 50 attendees will receive a “goody bag” with samples from vendors, coupons from fellow Downtown merchants, and other items.  If the weather cooperates, attendees might want to relax on the patio while enjoying some of Michigan’s finest wines or Northwoods soda with family and friends.  Don’t miss this fun event.

“Residences at River Trail” Proposed Near Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

A development application has been submitted by Old Adams-59 LLC to construct a low-rise multi-family residential development called Residences at River Trail on 15.52 acres of land located west of Old Adams Road, south of M-59.  The bulk of the project is proposed within the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District.  The overall investment is estimated at $18 million.

Location map

The project will consist of 106 luxury style-apartment units within six, three-story buildings with 53 one-bedroom and 53 two-bedroom units.  Rental rates are anticipated to range between $1,000 and $2,000 per month depending on the unit size.  As an amenity for the project’s residents, the developer proposes to preserve over 60% of the site as undeveloped open space.

Rendering of one of the proposed apartment buildings

This proposal provides numerous benefits for the community as it implements the vision of Riverwalk Master Plan and Parks and Recreation Master Plan by including a 10 foot wide recreational pathway, which will be open to the public and serve as the Riverwalk’s northern spur.  The new pathway will connect pathway on N. Squirrel Road, through River Woods Park to Old Adams Road creating a long-planned-for recreational loop for biking, running, walking, and cross-country skiing.

Illustrated site plan

Riverwalk Master Plan Trail – planned network

Also, the developer will donate a 1.57-acre parcel of land on the west side of the Clinton River to increase the size of River Woods Park and provide $100,000 to assist with the cost of the construction of a new pedestrian bridge over the Clinton River to allow the pathway to be extended to Old Adams Road.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, September 24th.

Genisys Credit Union Proposes New LED Sign For Mortgage Service Center

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

An application has been submitted by Genisys Credit Union to allow the installation of a LED automatic changeable copy sign at their new mortgage service center located at 2011 Executive Hills Boulevard.

Photo mock-up of what the sign will look like

The proposed sign will enable the credit union to better promote the services they offer to the community, while also allowing the Auburn Hills Police Department to display Amber Alerts and emergency messages when needed.

Proposed sign location

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, September 24th.

Parkways Boulevard Proposed To Be Extended To Auburn Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that the City of Auburn Hills has initiated the process of changing the street name of Squirrel Court to Parkways Boulevard.  If approved by the City Council, the street name will not officially change until Squirrel Court is physically connected with Parkways Boulevard and open to the public for thru-traffic at the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court.  The road connection is anticipated to be complete by Fall 2019.

Aerial map outlining the new east-west roadway to be named Parkways Boulevard.

As background, it has been the City’s long-term plan to create a new roadway, north of Auburn Road, from Downtown Auburn Hills to Adams Road.  The first segment of this new roadway, called Parkways Boulevard, was completed in 2015 adjacent to Adams Road.  The City is currently working with a developer on plans to extend Parkways Boulevard west to the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court, thus ultimately connecting the road extension with Squirrel Court.  As a result, the street name for the entire length of Squirrel Court is proposed to be changed to Parkways Boulevard once the two streets are joined into one unified public roadway at Tebeau Court.

The City is proposing this street name change for public health and safety reasons as it would create a clear and continual street name for the new roadway from Auburn Road, near the City’s Riverside Park, to Adams Road once connected.  The selection of Parkways Boulevard as the new street name will assist with rapid property identification by first responders, along with providing improved traffic navigation for the general population.  Also, the “Parkways” street name is fitting as City parks are situated at both ends of the proposed unified roadway.

The street name and address changes would not occur until the roadway is connected and open at the intersection of Squirrel Court and Tebeau Court, which is anticipated in Fall 2019.

Those interested in providing comment or learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the City Council meeting scheduled for Monday, September 10th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.

Stephanie Carroll Honored By Michigan Economic Development Peers

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Numerous dedicated and talented people work for, and volunteer at, the City of Auburn Hills.  Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations, is a prime example of the leadership and excellence that members of our team strive to achieve.

Last week, Stephanie was recognized by her professional organization, the Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA), with their President’s Award.  This award is given annually to an individual who has made a noticeable impact on the advancement of MEDA’s mission.

Current MEDA President, Monique Holliday-Bettie, described Stephanie in her award presentation as “a great collaborator, supporter, motivator, and problem-solver; I could go on and on … She has made a tremendous impact with our committees, our Board, and our Association.  I hope she understands how appreciated, valued, and cherished her talents are.”

MEDA Present Monique Holliday-Bettie (left) and Stephanie Carroll (right)

Congrats Stephanie on receiving this well-deserved honor from your peers!