Thumbs Up: $11.7 Million In New Private Investment Approved

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

The City Council recently approved two new projects that have a combined investment of $11.7 million.

First, Basil Bacall received authorization to construct a 96-room, Hilton Garden Inn hotel.  The site of the new three-story, 67,740 square foot 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

Second, Legend Valve and Fitting, Inc. obtained approval to construct a 59,826 square foot building addition on the west side of their existing facility.  The property is located at 300 N. Opdyke Road.  The proposed addition is intended to be used as warehouse and will increase the size of the building to 205,992 square feet.  It will become the 15th largest industrial building in Auburn Hills.

Legend Valve took over the former Wal-Mart building in 2011

Legend Valve took over this former Wal-Mart building in 2011

Both projects are anticipated to begin construction in Spring 2017.

Renishaw’s New Facility Remains On Schedule

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

Construction on Renishaw’s new 20,070 square foot technology and research facility has just about reached its halfway point.

newThe facility, located within the Oakland Technology Park, will help provide turnkey measuring solutions to the Automotive Industry, including Chrysler, Ford and GM.

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Renishaw’s products and business solutions allows the company to cross over to other industries including aerospace and medical.

What’s Old Is New Again

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you’ve been through the Forester Square Subdivision this past year you most likely saw quite a bit of construction going on.  Nestled nicely within the walkable neighborhood, one-family houses are being built in a style commonly referred to as “New Urbanism”.  The style is reminiscent of homes built in the “Golden Age” of Detroit.  It’s different from anything else in the City.

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These two-story houses are positioned close to the sidewalks, which helps bring the neighborhood together.  The sidewalks provide easy access to the City’s Downtown and network of pathways, trails and parks.  The front and rear yards are smaller than what might be found on a typical lot, which many see as a benefit due to reduced lawn maintenance time and expense.

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The most noticeable difference in this subdivision is the absence of front-facing driveways and garages.  In a deliberate effort to create curb appeal and connectivity, the garages are located behind the house and are easily accessed by a separate drive.

Houses are just under 2,000 square feet in size and most have a large front porch, conducive to interaction with friends and neighbors.  Most homes have open floor plans on the first floor with master bedrooms on the second floor.

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Residents of Forester Square also have access to the spacious courtyard as well as the clubhouse and swimming pool.

So if you’re looking for a neighborhood with a little touch of historic character look no further than Forester Square located along Adams Road in Auburn Hills.

Construction Underway On Summit Place Kia Of Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you’ve driven along Lapeer Road near Dutton in the last few weeks, you’ve probably noticed the beginnings of the City’s first new automobile dealership under construction.  The southeast corner of Lapeer Road and Interpark Drive will be the home of Summit Place Kia of Auburn Hills.  The modern, 25,749 sq. ft. building with enhanced landscaping will provide a nice visual appearance along the Lapeer Road Corridor.

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Summit Place Kia has established a solid reputation in the automotive dealership industry and currently operates the top two Kia Dealerships in Michigan – outselling both Honda and Toyota.  Once completed, the dealership is expected to create 25 new jobs.

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The City looks forward to Summit Place Kia’s grand opening celebration which is expected to take place in the first quarter of 2017.

Holiday Decisions Made Easier in Downtown Auburn Hills

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

If you’ve ever had trouble trying to decide what type of wine to pair with your holiday meals or bring to a gathering of family and friends, there’s no need to worry, help is nearby.   Located in Downtown Auburn Hills, near the intersection of North Squirrel Road and Auburn Road, you’ll find all the help you need.  That’s where you’ll discover Michigan By The Bottle (MBT), a local wine tasting room that offers over forty different varieties of wine from twelve of Michigan’s finest wineries.

With the wide array of wines available, we asked one of our local wine experts, Courtney Casey, Founder and Co-owner of Michigan By The Bottle, if she could provide some advice on making that perfect selection for the this year’s Thanksgiving day gathering.

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When hosting thanksgiving, Courtney says, she always likes to welcome guests with a bit of sparkling wine.  Bubbly sets the festive tone for the evening, and also pairs well with salty snacks and salads that might precede the main meal.

Pinot Noir is her favorite go-to for turkey; it’s light-bodied enough to avoid overpowering the poultry while being hearty enough to stand up to spice and many side dishes.  Pinot also matches up well with ham or salmon, if you’re going a less traditional route. 

Rosé and Dry Riesling are two other types of wine she often has on her Thanksgiving table.  Both are incredibly versatile and food friendly, providing a refreshing component while harmonizing with a variety of traditional dishes.

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If you’re serving a sausage-heavy stuffing that’s full of spice and heavier, heartier flavors, a bold red like Cabernet Sauvignon or a Cabernet Sauvignon/Cabernet Franc blend might be in order.

For the grand finale, Cortney says you’ll want your wine to be sweeter than your dessert.  A port-style fortified wine would be fantastic with something like French silk pie or flourless chocolate cake.  For pumpkin pie, shortbread or lighter sweets, consider an ice wine.

With this fine advice at hand, we hope your holiday celebrations are merry and many.

Michigan By the Bottle hours this holiday week:  2pm-9pm Wednesday, Closed Thanksgiving, 12pm-10pm Friday (Black Friday celebration), 12pm-10pm Saturday (Small Business Saturday Customer Appreciation Day), 12pm-6pm Sunday – and don’t foget the Jingle Bell bash on Friday, December 2nd during the Auburn Hills Tree Lighting Ceremony.

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Don’t Fall Behind On Yard Clean Up

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

It’s that time of year when folks begin to prepare their yards for the long winter season.  Part of that preparation involves raking and disposing of the leaves that have fallen from the trees.

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Unlike last year’s warmer than expected temperatures that attributed to the late leaf drop, this year’s colder November temperatures have resulted in trees losing their leaves well before December rolls in.  This is good news because this gives Auburn Hills residents time to rake, bag and dispose of their leaves and other yard waste before December 1, 2016 – the last yard waste pick-up date of the year.

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Don’t get stuck with bags or piles of leaves in your yard.  Prepare to place your bags of leaves and other yard waste at the curb on or before December 1st.

Santa’s Flight Crew Is Ready

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

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending a one-of-a-kind experience at Great Lakes Crossing Outlets. Santa Clause himself, along with second-grade students from Auburn Elementary and Oakland University’s Chorale, came to officially open Santa’s new Flight Academy.  This interactive attraction is sure to be a wonderful holiday experience for everyone.

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The larger-than-life display of the North Pole has state-of-the-art technology that enables children to partner with Santa’s Elves to prepare his sleigh, among other fun activities.  Children become a member of Santa’s flight crew with a special ID and then partner with an elf to help ready Santa’s sleigh so he can deliver presents to children around the world.

Santa’s Flight Academy is located inside Great Lakes Crossing Outlets in front of AMC Theatres.  It was truly a magical experience.