Want Farm To Table Produce? Think Farm Boy

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Not many communities have an open-air market, that’s open seven days a week, where you can buy freshly picked produce grown on a local farm.  But, we’ve got one!

Farm Boy Produce has a long history of providing fresh fruits and vegetables to those who live and work in the area from their stand in Downtown Auburn Hills.  This year is no different.  Their tables and bins are now stocked full of fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, melons, peaches, cauliflower, broccoli, lettuce, carrots, eggplants, and more.

Farm Boy Produce is located at 3157 Auburn Road and open daily from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.  You can’t miss it, just look for the big yellow tent located on the north side of Auburn Road, just west of S. Squirrel Road.  Enjoy!

The Reserves … N. Squirrel Road Condominium Project Taking Shape

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

There has been a great deal of building construction in the City of Auburn Hills, especially in one of our community’s newest residential developments called the Reserves of Auburn Hills.  Over a relatively short period of time five, four-unit condominiums have been erected on the site allowing plumbers, electricians, carpenters, and other trades to begin work on the building interiors, which can be customized to fit the purchaser’s own personal style.

The 65 attached-unit condominium development, located just south of Shimmons Circle, is perfect for those looking for low maintenance living in homes with nine-foot ceilings, hard wood floors and gourmet kitchens.  Units range in size from 1,300 to 1,900 square feet and offer both ranch and split level floor plans with prices starting around $300,000.

Residents will find tree-lined sidewalks leading to the City’s pathway system that is enjoyed by walkers, joggers, and cyclists.  The new neighborhood is expected to be highly desirable as it is conveniently located near employment opportunities, shopping, and other amenities such as Oakland University, Meadow Brook Theatre, Meadow Brook Amphitheatre, and the Auburn Hills Community Center and Library.

Rendering of the site plan for the Reserves of Auburn Hills

For more information about this development visit their website at http://reservesofauburnhills.com.

Understanding Your Brain Better

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

Last week, we celebrated the opening of Brain Life Center with owners David Sanders and Julie Lamphier and their incredible staff.

Brain Life Center offers patients a non-invasive method for facilitating greater balance and harmony in the brain.   They are able to help people of all ages overcome cognitive, emotional and physical challenges in their lives.

It was wonderful to see their facility in order to gain a better understanding of the technology they use to optimize the brain’s activity.  This technology passively supports the brain to self-regulate back to its healthy state.

Brain Life Center is located at 3252 University Drive in Suite #165.  We wish them much success in Auburn Hills!

Rollin’ With The Changes: August 15th Planning Commission Meeting Cancelled

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Sometimes things happen that are beyond your control and, just as the REO Speedwagon rock anthem wisely exclaims, you “… got to, got to roll with the changes.”

As a little background, the Michigan Zoning Enabling Act requires that notice must be published in a newspaper of general circulation not less than 15 days prior to the date of a public hearing.  Well, due to unforeseen circumstances, that required publication did not occur last week for the Planning Commission’s four public notices.

Since the legally required 15-day notification has not been met, the following four projects will NOT be reviewed by the Planning Commission on August 15th and have been rescheduled for their September 12th meeting:

  1. Autoliv Building and Parking Lot Expansion
  2. Residences at River Trail
  3. Genisys Credit Union – Changeable Copy Sign
  4. Rezoning of Oakland Community College and WMU-Cooley Law School Properties

As a result, the Planning Commission has cancelled their August 15th meeting.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at 248-364-6900.

Construction Begins On New Mobile Gas Station and Convenience Store

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

If you’ve been by the corner of Opdyke Road and Featherstone Road, you may have noticed that something is missing – the Mobil gas station.  The old gas station has been demolished to make room for a new, modern ten-pump Mobil gas station/convenience store.

The new 4,000 sq. ft. building will provide residents, employees, and travelers in the area with another option to quickly purchase gas, food, snacks, beverages, and other merchandise.

Rendering of the proposed building and caonpy looking north from Featherstone Road

The much-anticipated grand opening should take place sometime this fall.  This development will go a long way in improving the aesthetics of the Opdyke Road Corridor.

New Building For Esys Automation Takes Shape

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

We are happy to report that construction is progressing on the new 125,000 square foot facility for Esys Automation, a company headquartered right here in Auburn Hills.  Esys Automation operates globally and is a leading, full-service automation solutions provider to the automotive industry.

East face of building / future office area

The project, located at 1000 Brown Road just east of Joslyn Road, began early this spring.  The steel is set, and the roof, currently being installed over the 40,000 square feet of planned office area, will be complete by Friday.  Concrete flooring will be poured late this week and early next week.

West face of building / future warehouse and shop area

Completion is slated for the end of October when this building will serve to consolidate their operations from two other existing buildings in Auburn Hills.  Check back for updates as construction progresses.

Ziggy’s Cheesesteaks Coming to Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

There’s a new restaurant coming to Auburn Hills, and it’s bringing the taste of South Philly with it.

Ziggy’s Cheesesteaks is a new casual restaurant that prides itself on serving authentic style cheesesteaks like the ones you would find in the cheesesteak capital of the world – Philadelphia.   Hungry customers will select from a menu that includes nine different styles of freshly made cheesesteak sandwiches, served on a traditional Italian bun.  If you’re not craving cheesesteak (made with thinly sliced ribeye steak), they also offer loose burgers, chicken, and vegetarian sandwiches.

Ziggy’s will be joining Dunkin’ Donuts in the Auburn Crossing Shopping Plaza located on the north side of University Drive just east of I-75.

We look forward to their grand opening that should take place sometime in October.