New Building Proposed Opposite Continental Automotive Systems

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The City Council is scheduled to review a request tonight from Magnum Industrial Building Company for site plan approval to construct a 137,560 square foot industrial facility.  The new building will be situated on a vacant 9.28 acre parcel located east of Continental Drive, between Harmon Road and N. Atlantic Boulevard.

Rendering of the proposed building

Rendering of the proposed building

The name of the business that will occupy the facility has yet to be disclosed.  The total investment in the project is estimated at $9 million.

Site Plan

Site Plan

Construction is expected to begin in Spring 2017 and should take about eight months to complete.

Success of Great Lakes Crossing Outlets Spurs Fourth Hotel

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills to allow the construction of a 96-room, Hilton Garden Inn hotel.  The site of the new three-story building will be located at 3900 Baldwin Road adjacent to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets, directly east of the TownePlace Suites hotel.

Rendering of the front of the proposed hotel

Rendering of the front of the proposed hotel

This will be Basil Bacall’s fourth hotel along the mall’s western ring road, which will make available a total of 348 rooms for visitors and business travelers.  Previous hotels constructed in the vicinity are the Holiday Inn Express (Y2007 – 90 rooms), Hampton Inn (Y2011 – 80 rooms), and TownePlace Suites (Y2015 – 82 rooms).

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, October 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the project is anticipated to be made by the City Council on Monday, October 24th.

Construction of the new hotel is anticipated to start in Spring 2017 and will take 12 to 14 months to build.

Help Improve The Health Of Your Local Waterways

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

It’s that time of year when volunteers from all around the Clinton River Watershed have converged on the Clinton River and its tributaries for the Clinton River Watershed Council’s annual Clinton River Clean Up.  Over the last 30 years a large number of residents and businesses volunteered their time to improve the health of the river by clearing log jams and removing a wide range of items, with the most interesting being a riding lawn mower.


The most common reason people volunteer their time to this most worthy event is that they want to help preserve and protect our water resources for our generation and future generations.  The good news is that all the past and present efforts are paying off.  What was once one of the most polluted rivers in Michigan is now clean enough to offer residents a wide range of recreational opportunities including fishing and kayaking.


So if you’re looking for an opportunity to further this effort to improve the health and recreational opportunities of the Clinton River, Auburn Hills will be hosting a clean-up on Saturday, September 24, from 9:00 am to noon at River Woods Park.  Volunteers are advised to wear work clothes and sturdy shoes, as well as a pair of gloves, if you have them.

For additional information please contact Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner by phone at 248-364-6926 or by e-mail at  Advanced notice of participation is appreciated but not required.

If you’re interested in hosting or organizing your own clean-up site, please visit the Clinton River Watershed Council’s website at

Construction Of Renishaw’s New Research Facility On Schedule

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that construction on Renishaw’s new 20,070 square foot technology and research building is moving forward on schedule.  The facility is located at the terminus of Deepwood Drive within the Oakland Technology Park.  The project was approved by the City Council on July 25, 2016.

Renishaw is expected to be complete by May 2017

Renishaw is expected to be complete by May 2017

Rendering of the building

Rendering of the building

Renishaw is one of the world’s leading engineering and scientific technology companies with expertise in precision measurement and health care.  This new $5 million facility is expected to employ 35 people and will enable the company to provide turnkey measuring solutions to the automotive industry, including FCA US, Ford and GM, along with supporting the aerospace and medical industries.

Goblins and Ghoulies Arrive At Great Lakes Crossing Outlets

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

I loved Halloween as a kid and fondly remember pulling together costumes for trick-or-treating and Halloween parties.  It still happens to be one of my favorite “holidays” and I’m not alone.  Retail experts suggest that spending on Halloween is second only to spending on the winter holiday season.  Its popularity has grown exponentially over the past two decades.


All you’ll ever need for Halloween has arrived at the new Spirit Halloween store in Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  The space formerly occupied by Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar and Grill (in District 9 near Bass Pro Shops) has been transformed into 22,500 sq. ft. of Halloween…everything.  And I do mean everything.


Costumes for people and pets, wigs, makeup, masks, jewelry, fake weapons, fake blood, fake eyeballs, props, glowing worms, pumpkin carving templates and supplies, Halloween socks, Halloween sound machines, party decorations, spooky indoor and outdoor event lighting and more are all on display until November 1st.  Even if you aren’t in the market for a costume, its fun retail therapy.


Have fun and be safe. Happy Haunting!

Clinton River Water Fest Overflows With Fun, Enthusiasm, And Education

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

For 10 years, the City of Auburn Hills has partnered with Oakland University, Oakland County Water Resources Commissioners Office and the Clinton River Watershed Council to educate students about the importance of clean water.  This year 1,282 fifth grade students from 23 Oakland County schools took part in the Clinton River Water Festival.  Students were enthusiastic and eager to learn new information on stormwater, wastewater treatment, soil erosion, wetlands, habitat, wildlife and pollution prevention.


The success of the festival can be attributed to the 52+ professionals who volunteered their time to present at the festival and the 45+ volunteers that guided the 50 classes to each session held on Oakland University’s Campus.

Students said that they learned:

  • To be careful where you place fertilizer
  • That 75% of the earth is covered with water
  • What a watershed is
  • That Sea Lampreys are an invasive species
  •  That only 3% of the world’s water is fresh water
  • Not to litter because it gets washed into the sewers that lead to rivers and lakes


New information and activities teachers can use in their classrooms:

  • How storm drains work
  • How water is cleaned and reused
  • What a watershed is and how it impacts rivers
  • How the water cycle connects with our everyday life
  • Information about civil engineering
  • Landfill organization


Over the last 10 years, more than 11,894 students have attended the festival, which is an amazing testament to its value in supporting the education of today’s youth and future generations.  We look forward to next year and the opportunity to teach a new group of students about the importance of protecting our water – our most valuable natural resource.  If you’re interested in learning more about the Clinton River Water Festival you can view a short video by clicking here.

For those who interested in being a volunteer presenter or festival sponsor, please contact Shawn Keenan at  A special thank you goes out to our Clinton River Water Festival volunteers and our event sponsors Pure Oakland Water and Waste Management.

Making A Comeback

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

As part of my role at the City, I work with a great team that focuses on economic development.  So what exactly does that mean?  Well in more general terms, economic development is the focus of state, county and local governments to improve the standard of living through the creation of jobs, the support of innovation and new ideas, and the creation of an overall better quality of life for the citizens of Michigan.

Group photo of many of my peers from other communities in the region.

Group photo of many of my peers from other communities in the region.

Ten years ago, I attended my first Michigan Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Annual Meeting in Detroit.  This year, we were back in Detroit to learn how to develop an eye for seeing our communities in a different light.  It’s an exciting time for economic development in Michigan and this year’s MEDA Annual meeting was appropriately themed “Retooled.” Detroit Mayor Duggan kicked off the conference with an update and future look at the City.  Throughout the week, we attended sessions about rebranding our communities, re-growing Michigan’s Farms, and rethinking entrepreneurship.

This was also a great opportunity to network and talk about the programs that we often use to conduct economic development and learn about what’s changing and how it will affect how we do our jobs.  All the sessions focused on our current assets and how we can better use them to continue to make our communities great!

Learning best practices on how communities can assist businesses expand the economy.

Learning best practices on how communities can assist businesses expand the economy.

We definitely have a lot of work and challenges ahead of us, but the conference gave me an introspective look at the profession and the effectiveness and impact of economic development in the State.