Second Project In The Works For Former Showcase Cinemas Site

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by Dembs Development, Inc. to construct a 108,000 square foot research and development facility that is anticipated to be the new $12 million corporate headquarters for a Tier One automotive supplier.

Computer rendering - view of the proposed building from I-75

Computer Rendering – View of the proposed building from I-75

The new project is proposed adjacent to GKN Automotive on the southern portion of the former Showcase Cinemas property located at 2200 N. Opdyke Road.

Concept Plan

Concept Plan

The name of the new company is expected to be announced by the State of Michigan by mid-September.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th 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, September 26th.

Big Buck Brewery To Be Transformed Into The “HUB”

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

It’s hard to believe, but it’s true.  After almost 10 years of vacancy and neglect, the former Big Buck Brewery building will see new life.

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills to transform the dilapidated building, located at 2550 Takata Drive, into a “football-bowling” entertainment venue anticipated to be named the “HUB.”  The interior will include 16 courts with spectating and eating areas, along with two bars, fast casual restaurant, and two private function rooms.

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

You may be wondering … what is football-bowling?  The key to this unique game is to knock down bowling pins with a football, while having tons of fun hanging out with friends and family.

The interior will be completely renovated

The interior will be completely renovated

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the public hearing at the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, September 14th 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, September 26th.

Look for more details in the weeks ahead.

Auburn Grove Bounces Back From Great Recession

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The Great Recession, between 2005 and 2013, caused an untold number of residential developments across the country to stop dead in their tracks.  It was not uncommon to have a just a few occupied homes among a sea of empty lots in a new subdivision setting.  Unfortunately, our Auburn Grove subdivision happened to be one such development.

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The slow but steady housing market rebound has created new activity in these delayed developments and we’re happy to report that Auburn Grove is now nearly complete. Only the last four (out of 124) units are on the market and still under construction.

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This is extraordinary news since completion was not anticipated until the end of 2017.  Looking at the amenities in each of these new units, it should be no surprise the development has surpassed expectations.

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So for folks looking for a nice neighborhood, surrounded by woodlands and plenty of open space, look no further than Auburn Grove.

Beautification Award Winners Selected Soon

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Executive Assistant

The Auburn Hills Beautification Commission (BAC) is prepping for their largest annual event – the City’s Beautification Awards program.  Over 100 homes and businesses were nominated for a Beautification Award again this year.   Why award residents and businesses for taking care of their properties?  Why give awards for “curb appeal”?  Because clean, manicured and attractive homes and buildings matter.

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Well maintained buildings, houses and gardens add value to the community.  The effort expended in beautification activities results in increased property values, the elimination of eyesores and helps turn community health and safety liabilities into community assets.

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Beautification winners will be notified in early September.  The BAC would like to thank all of our friends and neighbors in Auburn Hills for their nominations this year.  In this type of program, everyone wins.

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Let’s Roll … “Rolling In The Hills” Event This Sunday

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

We’re pleased to announce that the “Rolling in the Hills” bike ride is back for a third run, or should I say roll, on Sunday August 7th.   Those interested in taking about a one hour-long leisurely bike ride through the community with a group of cycling enthusiast should meet up in Downtown Auburn Hills at Sweets! (3395 Auburn Road) at 5:00 p.m. to register.  Bike’s start rolling at 6:00 p.m.

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Click here for more information.

Dead Building To Come Alive

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We’re pleased to report that after approximately two years of stagnation, the former Ralco building is now on-track to be complete.  The unfinished building, located at 1925 Taylor Road, has been purchased by Louca Mold & Aerospace Machining, Inc. and will be ready to occupy by this December.

View of the new "Louca" building from Taylor Road

View of the new “Louca” building from Taylor Road

This will be Louca’s third facility in Auburn Hills.  All of the company’s aircraft and automotive automation will be moved to this building as they will construct assembly lines for customers.  Jobs at this facility will include engineers, electricians, mechanical designers, and assemblers.  The company has the capacity to expand to approximately 500 employees at this location.

This is wonderful news for our community.

Final Phase: “Blossom Park” Coming To The Parkways

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted to the City of Auburn Hills by the Moceri Companies to construct the third and final phase of their Parkways development.  Blossom Park, a senior living community, is proposed at the northwest corner of Adams Road and Parkways Boulevard.

View of the 5.2 acre site of Blossom Park

View of the 5.2 acre site of Blossom Park

The three-story, 160-unit building will feature one and two bedroom independent living apartments and studio suites for assisted living.

Building Elevation

Building Elevation

Site Plan

Site Plan

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