Food And Fun At The H.U.B.

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

On occasion, we receive a call from a new business or employee in town looking for information about any new or interesting restaurants in the area to grab a bite to eat during lunchtime.   They’re often looking for someplace other than the standard fast food restaurant.

One of the most recent venues that opened where one can grab a bite to eat during lunch is The H.U.B. Stadium.  Well known for its Bombowling, The H.U.B. also offers a variety of lunchtime favorites including soups, salads, burgers, sandwiches, nachos, tacos, and brick oven pizzas, just to name a few.

Don’t forget to save room for a tasty treat because they have the best cider donuts in town and they’re made fresh daily.  They truly are delicious.

As an added bonus you can stay entertained by watching a game of Bombowling while you eat.  Even better, anyone who spends $10 or more for their lunch, between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., can join in on the fun.  So if you’re looking for a good meal with a little bit of entertainment, The H.U.B. is a place worth exploring.

For more information about The H.U.B. please visit their website at

Healthy Lawn Care Practices For Green Lawns And Blue Waters

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Why Healthy Lawn Care?  A healthy lawn is green and thick … a place to walk on safely without concerns for children and pets.  Even more important, a healthy lawn holds fertilizer and any pesticide in the soils – keeping pollutants out of storm drains.

Why is this important? Since storm drains connect to our lakes and rivers, we all live on “waterfront property”!  We now know that 50% or more of the troublesome water pollutants originate from home lawns.  A little care can go a long way.

Below are Go Green Lawn Care tips developed by Michigan State University’s Turfgrass Specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Science that will result in a green and healthy lawn and keep our local waters clean for all to enjoy.

Mow High – Recycle Clippings

Mow at least 3 inches high

Return clippings to recycle nutrients

Sweep clippings from walks and driveways onto the lawn

Taller grass crowds out weeds and promotes deeper roots

Deeper roots help the lawn survive droughts


Fertilize in Fall for Best Results

Fall is the best time to fertilize your lawn

Be patient in the spring – wait until May to fertilize

Don’t fertilize if the ground is frozen or saturated with water

Don’t guess – soil test for proper fertilizer recommendations


Choose Lawn-Type Fertilizer

Choose lawn fertilizer with low or not phosphorus (the middle number) and follow the directions

Avoid using “triple” products (e.g. 12-12-12)

Confirm spreader settings before applying


Clean-Up – Avoid Surface Water

Maintain a NO APPLICATION ZONE near lakes, rivers, streams and storm drains.

Never discharge clippings near lakes, rivers, streams or drains

Sweep fertilizer granules from walks and driveways onto the lawn

Wash the spreader on the grass

Water Smart

Don’t soak your lawn and avoid night watering.

Watering should not produce puddles; lighter, more frequent watering is best.

Brown lawns are OK; dormancy is a natural response to drought, however, some water may be necessary during an extended drought of more than a month

Following Go Green Lawn Care Tips will reduce the amount of water your lawn needs.

For more information about how to maintain a healthy lawn or answers to common lawn care questions please visit MSU Extension’s Home Lawns website.

Continental Automotive Kicks Earth Day Into High Gear

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Continental Automotive held its 2nd annual Conti Earth Day and Clean-Up Spectacular event today, as part of the Auburn Hills “Keep It Clean” program.

75 Continental employees took to the streets in a tremendous clean-up effort and collected 80 bags of litter and debris from parts of Harmon Road, Joslyn Road, and Continental Drive.  Continental gave all participating employees a water bottle and a tree seedling to celebrate their efforts.

Continental has multiple locations in Auburn Hills and is home to thousands of employees.  “We are proud to be a part of this community and we want to ensure the streets of our community are clean,” said Tom Richards, Senior Account Manager at Continental and event organizer.  “At Continental, environmental protection and friendliness is not just a motto but something we take very seriously, from producing fuel efficient technology to ensuring our local roads and neighborhoods are clean and safe.  That is why we are committed to participating in the Auburn Hills Keep It Clean program each year.”

Keep It Clean is a City program designed to keep roadsides, open areas and parks clean and attractive.  Participants “adopt” an area and hold clean-up events to keep it beautiful and litter-free.

The program is open for business in spring, summer, and fall and is available to all types of organizations including scout troops, church groups, teen groups, social clubs and service organizations.  There’s no fee to participate and garbage bags, pickers, orange vests and road safety signs are provided by the City.

We thank Continental Automotive for being a great neighbor and for serving as a terrific example.  Together we make the City of Auburn Hills beautiful.

Happy Earth Day!

Forging New Relationships

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development and Community Relations

As part of the City’s retention strategy for economic development, we go out and visit our corporate citizens to get to know them better and ask them how things are going.  From time to time, our team leaves one of these meetings thinking, how did we not know about this company sooner?

This was definitely the case with our first meeting with Lucerne International.  CEO, Mary Buchzeiger, has an energy and passion for the automotive industry and her drive to be the best is apparent in the way she runs the company.

(Left to right) City Councilwoman, VeRonica Mitchell; Lucerne CEO, Mary Buchzeiger; City Manager, Tom Tanghe and Auburn Hills Chamber Executive Director, Jean Jernigan

Lucerne International, founded in Oakland County in 1993, provides cast, stamped and forged components and assemblies to the automotive and heavy truck industries. A nationally certified Women’s Owned Business Enterprise, Lucerne International meets clients’ production companies’ need for diversified spending.

Last week we celebrated the grand opening of Lucerne International, located at 40 Corporate Drive.   Our Mayor Pro Tem VeRonica Mitchell and our City Manager Tom Tanghe delivered remarks to the crowd.  Mary’s family, friends, employees and customers were on hand to celebrate this momentous occasion.

We are so happy to welcome them to our community and wish them continued success!

Discover Something New at Sea Life Aquarium

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

A new exhibit recently opened at Sea Life Aquarium in Auburn Hills and it includes one of the most intelligent creatures of the ocean; the octopus.  Yes, you can now see this Einstein of the ocean at the new Octopus Hideout.

It may be a bit of a challenge to spot in the exhibit because this brilliant invertebrate is also a master of disguise.  It blends in with its surroundings and hides in the smallest of places.

Will you be able to spot it despite its camouflage?   There’s only one way to find out and that’s by visiting Sea Life’s Octopus Hideout where you can see this marvelous eight-legged creature.

The Hideout is also home to a nautilus, the common cuttlefish, sea hare and live coral.

Working To Become An “Inclusive” Community

Posted by – Stephanie Carroll, Manager of Business Development & Community Relations

In 2012, Auburn Hills began engaging in Age-Friendly planning initiatives.  The journey has been an amazing experience and we’ve been able to create meaningful relationships with the residents in our community through this process.

Yesterday, at the Council of Michigan Foundations gathering, Mayor Kevin McDaniel outlined all the work done to date by staff, Planning Commission and City Council.  I can say that this has been a tremendous team effort.

The question on everyone’s mind yesterday is why do we need age-friendly communities?  In order to prepare for these demographic changes, Auburn Hills enrolled in the AARP Age-Friendly Network in 2013.  Auburn Hills was the first municipality from the State of Michigan to be accepted into this prestigious and growing network.

This program was key to changing our thinking.  It involved an assessment of the community, the creation of an action plan, and eventually implementation of the plan and finally an evaluation of its performance.

Along with Mayor William R. Wild of Westland, Mayor McDaniel outlined the policies and priorities communities are building upon that will continue to make Auburn Hills a desirable and inclusive community in which to live, work and play.

DNR Fisheries Continues To Deliver

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Back on April 21, 1980, the DNR Fisheries Division began stocking the Clinton River in Downtown Auburn Hills.  They delivered 2,110 smallmouth bass to the stretch of the Clinton River that flows through Riverside Park that first year.

We’re pleased to announce that the 37-year tradition continues.  Yesterday the DNR released 2,400 brown trout into the river – making it a total of 512,113 fish released over the life of this program.  The species stocked the first year included pike and smallmouth bass before switching to the more familiar rainbow trout and brown trout in the years that followed.

The purpose of the DNR’s annual stocking program, which is funded through fishing license fees, is to help support your local urban fishery. This is similar to the program the City created in partnership with DNR Fisheries, the Clinton River Watershed Council and the four chapters of Trout Unlimited (Challenge, Clinton Valley, Paul H. Young, and Vanguard).

The increase in angling hours on the Clinton River in Downtown Auburn Hills is one factor the DNR uses in determining the release site, something the City is proud to see grow in popularity over the years. We look forward to seeing the many anglers in the area explore and enjoy one of our region’s greatest natural resources – the Clinton River.