Nike Is On The Move

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Commuity Development Executive Assistant

Nike Factory Store is planning to move to a new location in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets early this Summer.  Construction is already underway in their new space, which is located in District 9, just north of Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

This new location will provide increased square footage for the retailer. The grand opening is scheduled for June 2017.

Current location in District 1 will be open until June

Check out the new Nike Factory Store this summer.

New Public Taproom Open At Rochester Mills Production Brewery

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The new taproom at Rochester Mills Production Brewery is now open to the public.  Located at 3275 Lapeer Road West, the 560 sq. ft. tasting room will offer beer lovers the opportunity to sample new beers and provide patrons the opportunity to learn more about the brewing process and new products.

Customers can even stop by to purchase 4-packs, a half-gallon growler to go, or a ticket for one of their Saturday tours.

The initial hours for the taproom are Thursdays and Fridays from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm and Saturdays from 2:00 pm to 10:00 pm.

Click here for more information about the Rochester Mills Production Brewery.

Stadium Party Store To Add Gas Station

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Stadium Party Store has submitted an application to the City of Auburn Hills to expand its operations with a proposed addition of a six-pump gas station.

Plans call for the demolition of the former Lucas Coney Island Restaurant, located at 2008 N. Opdyke Road, to make room for the gas pumps and canopy structure.  Lucas has been closed since August 12, 2016 due to a fire that caused extensive smoke damage to the building.

Landscpae plan for proposed development

For those who enjoyed eating at Lucas, there’s no need to worry – they’re not going far.  The restaurant plans to move to the shopping center right next door.

In addition to drawing more traffic to both Stadium Party Store and the shopping center, the redevelopment of the site will provide better visibility of each business for passing motorists.

Construction is tentatively scheduled to begin in May 2017 with expected completion in July 2017.  The overall investment is estimated at $400,000.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, March 27th.

Five Points Community Church Proposes Expansion

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that Five Points Community Church has submitted plans to expand their existing facility, located at 3411 Walton Boulevard, to meet the needs of their growing congregation.  This project has been many years in the making for this dynamic church that has served our community since 1940.

Rendering of the proposed church expansion

The church proposes to construct a 16,019 square foot addition, which will be located on the north side of the existing building.  The addition will include offices, a commons room, youth group rooms, nursery rooms, and a large gathering area.

Site Plan

Their plans also call for the demolition of the southern wing (original church building built in 1952), as well as the removal of a garage and existing one-story concrete block building located on the southwest portion of the property.  Once the expansion is complete, the overall size of the church will equal 41,601 square feet.

Bird’s eye view of the proposed addition

The total investment in the project is estimated at $3.2 million.  Construction is anticipated to begin in May 2017 and be complete by December 2017.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, March 27th.

To learn more about the history of the church, check out this short video below:

Rapid Shred Proposes New Opdyke Road Building

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted by Rapid Shred for approval to construct a 21,050 square foot light industrial building on a 2.24 acre parcel of land located west of Opdyke Road, between Pontiac Road and Walton Boulevard.

The proposed Rapid Shred site is situated just south of Alfoccino’s restaurant.

Rapid Shred offers both off-site and on-site shredding services.  The new structure will be designed for the security and operational needs of document destruction.  It will also be large enough to store all of Rapid Shred’s trucks and bundled materials inside the building.

Finished product of shredded documents

The total investment in the project is estimated at $1.1 million.  Construction is anticipated to begin in April 2017 and be complete by October 2017.   The company currently has six employees in Auburn Hills and intends to add four new positions once this new facility becomes operational.

Proposed building façade for Rapid Shred

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, March 15th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, March 27th.

Jersey Mike’s Subs Opens Tomorrow

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Yesterday, some lucky locals were invited to a pre-opening of the new Jersey Mike’s Subs in the Auburn Hills Marketplace development.  While I missed out on that sneak peek, I heard rave reviews about those subs all afternoon.

They are located on the corner of N. Squirrel Road and University Drive, right next to Starbucks.  Check out this new eat spot for yourself – they officially open tomorrow.

We welcome Jersey Mike’s to Auburn Hills and wish them much success!

Building A World-Class Workforce

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

Today I attended an event at Oakland Community College (OCC) that focused on MAT² and apprenticeship programs and how they can help close the skills gap for manufacturing across the region.

Two Auburn Hills companies, Brose and ThyssenKrupp, discussed their experiences and their successes using the program through OCC.  We even heard from students who have graduated and those who are currently enrolled.  It was great to learn that their experiences were so positive.

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MAT² is a three-year program with students splitting their time between the classroom and on-the-job training with pay.  This has allowed companies to create their own talent pipeline.  It’s truly a win/win situation for both student and the companies who participate in this innovative program.

The skills gap is widening and this program is helping to address employer demands.  Michigan is leading the way on creating these successful partnerships between industry and community colleges!