Our Final Blog Post

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

All good things must come to an end.  In our case, we plan to evolve our communications into something even better.

After almost seven years of operation and over 1,100 blog posts, we have decided to retire the Developing Thoughts blog.  We wish to thank everyone for their support.  It has been our mission to keep folks informed of the great things happening in the City of Auburn Hills.  Creating a high level of transparency has always been our goal.  We hope you have found our posts informative and helpful.

Moving forward the Community Development Department will be contributing to the Inside Auburn Hills blog.  

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We plan to merge much of the Developing Thoughts blog’s historical content into the Inside Auburn Hills blog in the months ahead so that people can still access the information.

Thank you for reading our blog posts.  It has been a fun ride!

Michigan Planners Recognize Greg Ouellette For Dedicated Service

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

It is a pleasure to work with people who demonstrate a passion and commitment to the City of Auburn Hills like Planning Commission Chairperson Greg Ouellette.

Planning Commission Chairperson Greg Ouellette

At the September 12th Planning Commission meeting, Greg was recognized for his achievement of being a 20-year member of the Michigan Association of Planning (MAP).  He became a member of MAP when he began serving on the Planning Commission in February 1998.  Yes, that’s right 1998!  In January 2009, Greg was selected by his peers on the Planning Commission to lead their meetings and serve as their Chairperson.

Greg has professionally represented the City during his 20 years of service, showing the utmost respect to both the citizens and businesses that have brought development related issues and proposals before the Board.  As a volunteer, he has built his knowledge base in planning and leadership by attending numerous training sessions provided by MAP and other organizations.

The Auburn Hills Planning Commission

Director of Community Development Steve Cohen and I concur with MAP’s recognition and appreciation for Greg’s long-term commitment and dedication to quality community planning and the City of Auburn Hills.  We feel very lucky to have him on our team.

Congrats Greg!  Thank you again for your leadership and service.

Industrial Site To Be Transformed: $20 Million Housing Development Proposed In Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that Bacall Development LLC has submitted a development application to the City of Auburn Hills to construct a $20 million multi-family residential development called Fountain Circle of Auburn Hills on 16.4 acres of land generally located north of Auburn Road, east of College Drive.  The project is proposed within the City’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) District.

Rendering of the proposed new development

Rendering of the proposed buildings circling the planned pond and fountain

The luxury apartment community will feature 258 residences in seven buildings of various sizes, with a clubhouse, pool, and park areas.  The buildings will be constructed with high-quality interior and exterior features, including exteriors of masonry and stone veneers with complimentary materials for architectural details.  The residences will consist of one, two, and three bedroom units ranging from 575 square feet to 1,375 square feet.   The developer anticipates rental rates to be comparable to other new apartment complexes in the surrounding area.

Site Plan

The City of Auburn Hills acquired this property from Mound Steel and Superior Concrete in 2012 and has since conducted an environmental clean-up of the site to prepare the land for development.  As part of the new project and land sale, Bacall Development LLC will build a segment of Parkways Boulevard through the site allowing the roadway to extend from Squirrel Road to Adams Road per the City’s Downtown Master Plan.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 10th 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, October 22nd.

If approved, construction is expected to begin this Fall.

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.