Explaining How We Work To Be “Selected”

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

This past Wednesday, I had the pleasure to serve on a panel regarding the business site selection process for the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) University.  The room was filled with everyone from chamber of commerce directors to local economic developers.  Two panelists were site selectors and it’s always great to get such positive feedback on how the City of Auburn Hills embraces the development community and understands how to get things done.

Stephanie Carroll speaking at SEMCOG University

Stephanie Carroll speaking at SEMCOG University

The goal was to help everyone understand what they can expect from business site selectors and how they can be more proactive during the process. There was a lot of great dialogue and all of the speakers hit on important issues such as infrastructure, incentives and creating an environment within their organizations that can support and encourage business growth and sustainability.  While the program was focused on communities in southeast Michigan, these insightful strategies could be implemented by anyone who interacts with site selectors.

As economic conditions continue to improve in Michigan, it’s important that we remain focused on what municipalities can do to help support and grow the region’s assets, business climate, talent and innovation.

Beautification Award Winners Honored

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Auburn Hills Beautification Advisory Commission (BAC) gathered together 130 residents and business representatives to celebrate the beauty in Auburn Hills.  The Beautification Awards, the BAC’s largest program, was designed to recognize and honor the hard work and dedication of our residents and business in creating beautiful landscapes which enrich our community.

Special guests (from left to Right) Mayor Pro-Tem VeRonica Mitchell, Clair and Coucilman Henry Knight, Coucilwoman Cheryl Verbeke with daugher, Chole

Special guests (from left to Right) – Mayor Pro-Tem VeRonica Mitchell, Claire and Coucilman Henry Knight, Coucilwoman Cheryl Verbeke with daugher, Chole

Al VanHoutte, owner of Farm Boy Produce located on Auburn Road was honored last night for his years of event support and generous donations to the BAC.  Mr. VanHoutte’s dedication and donations have added value to BAC events, including the Perennial Exchange and Beautification Awards Dinner, for all to enjoy.

From left - Al VanHoutte, Owner of Farm Boy Produce on Auburn Road, with BAC Secretary Pattie Ormsbee and Vice-Chair Celeste Yoskovich

From left – Al VanHoutte, Owner of Farm Boy Produce on Auburn Road, with BAC Secretary Pattie Ormsbee and Vice-Chair Celeste Yoskovich

Beautiful properties, both residential and commercial create value and an inviting atmosphere for our residents and all who work here or simply pass through.

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Award winners enjoyed a gift raffle at the end of the evening. Mums and pumpkins from Farm Boy Produce and table centerpieces created by Yesterday’s Florist were raffled off to lucky winners

The BAC thanks the 2016 winners for their hard work and dedication to making Auburn Hills a beautiful place to live, work and grow!

River Clean-Up Volunteers Make A Difference

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Blue skies greeted a small group of volunteers during the Clinton River Clean-Up event held on Saturday, September 24th.  The ten community minded stewards scoured the banks of the river and the grounds of River Woods Park collecting a wide range of garbage and debris.

The efforts undertaken to improve the conditions of the one-half mile stretch of the Clinton River resulted in the removal of 14 bags of garbage.

The efforts undertaken to improve the conditions of the one-half mile stretch of the Clinton River resulted in the removal of 14 bags of garbage.

In addition to improving the environment, the time and efforts committed during the event not only helped improve the quality of life for the entire community but are also helping to prevent some of the harmful and long lasting effects trash and debris can have on our fish and other aquatic species.

Photos of a walleye with a cup lid stuck around it taken this year by an angler on Lake St. Clair.

Photos of a walleye with a cup lid stuck around it taken this year by an angler on Lake St. Clair.

The City of Auburn Hills would like to send out a special thank you to all the volunteers who participated in this year’s clean-up effort.

Perfect Strike! … The “Home of Urban Bowling” Approved For Former Big Buck Brewery Building

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

How does our community feel about The H.U.B. (Home of Urban Bowling) opening soon?  Well, excitement and anticipation would be an understatement.

Rendering of the updated building

Rendering of the updated building

Last night, the City Council unanimously approved the ambitious and detailed redevelopment plan created by Envision for the former Big Buck Brewery building located at 2550 Takata Drive.

Plans include removing the beer bottle/grain silo and adding an enclosed outdoor deck

Plans include removing the beer bottle/grain silo and adding an enclosed outdoor deck

The spacious interior of the 26,545 square foot building will be transformed into a social gathering space that will include 16 football-bowling courts with spectating and eating areas, along with two bars, fast casual restaurant, and two private function rooms.  A variety of eating options will be offered at the venue at reasonable prices.  A highlight will be their “show kitchen” which will serve gourmet thin crust pizza baked in a custom stone oven.

Floor plan for The H.U.B.

Floor plan for The H.U.B.

Envision intends to open The H.U.B. by the first week of November … just in time for the holiday season.

We wish them much success!

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.

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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.

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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 skeenan@auburnhills.org.  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 www.crwc.org.