A Cure For The Winter “Blahs”

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

It’s that time of year when gray skies and bitterly cold temperatures can give us the winter blahs.  Instead of sitting around dreaming about warmer temperatures, cure your winter blahs by going to a Golden Grizzlies Men’s Basketball game.


The team is hot and sit on top of the Horizon league with a 14-3 overall record and 4-0 conference record.  The home game tonight at the “O’rena”, located on Oakland University’s Campus in Auburn Hills, will be rockin’ when the Detroit Titans will try to snap the Grizzlies 5-game winning streak.  The game starts at 7:00 PM.


Click here for more information about this game or the three remaining home games. Go Grizzlies!

Hot Industrial Market Fuels Need For New Building On Taylor Road

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

An application has been submitted by Cunningham-Limp for approval to construct a speculative 50,000 square foot office / light industrial building on a 3.6 acre vacant parcel of land located at the northeast corner of Taylor Road and Pacific Drive.  No tenant has committed to the site at this time; however, a number have shown interest.

Rendering of the proposed building from Taylor Road

Rendering of the proposed building from Taylor Road

Site Plan

Site Plan

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th 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, February 27th.

Starbuck’s New Neighbors

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The opening of the new Starbuck’s Coffee at University and Squirrel Road is just around the corner and there has been growing interest in who will occupy the other tenant spaces in the Auburn Hills Marketplace.  We are pleased to announce that…drumroll, please…Jersey Mike’s Subs, Blaze Pizza, 2941 Mediterranean Street Food and AT&T will join Starbucks.  Here’s what customers can look forward to.


Jersey Mike’s Subs, which started back in 1956 in New Jersey, is known for authentic tasting sub sandwiches made with high-quality ingredients and fresh-baked bread.  Hungry residents, employees and students alike can soon get a taste.


Blaze Pizza uses fresh ingredients to build pizzas from scratch as you call out your ingredients.  With a blazing hot oven, the pizza is ready In 180 seconds.


For heart-healthy food, check out 2941 Mediterranean Street Food.  This modern, fast, casual restaurant offers a wide variety of flavorful street food from the Mediterranean region.  Their fresh, locally sourced food is never frozen and is free of GMO, MSG, and Trans fats.  They also offer Gluten Free options.


The final tenant is AT&T.  With the rapid pace that mobile communication changes each year it’s good to have an industry leader close by to guide you through the maze of options.

We welcome these businesses to our community and look forward to their grand opening celebrations.

In Search Of….

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

The Clinton River Watershed Council (CRWC) is looking for volunteer field researchers to help search for a rare macroinvertebrate called the Stonefly Nymph.  This creature measures about 7-12 mm long and is most active and easily found in January when the water temperature is very cold.


Finding a Stonefly in your local river or stream is a good indicator that the water quality is high and finding one in the Clinton River will go a long way in helping to dispel the myth that it is still polluted.

If you enjoy being outdoors in winter and would like to search for these telling macroinvertebrates, you can join the CRWC staff at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 21st for their annual Winter Stonefly Search.

Staff and volunteers will meet at the CRWC office at 1115 W. Avon Road in Rochester Hills.  From there, the group will split into teams and travel to 15 different sampling locations throughout the watershed, including Riverside Park in Auburn Hills.  Once teams have finished their site research, all will meet back at the office for pizza, snacks and hot beverages.


Everyone is welcome to join the search.  Participants can bring their own waders but the CRWC will have a few extra pairs on hand for those who choose to get in the water.  The search goes on regardless of the weather so dress warmly.


Registration is required by January 12th.  Please contact the CRWC office at (248) 601-0606 or e-mail registration@crwc.org to register or for additional information.

Construction Begins On Aqua-Tots Swim School

Posted by – Elizabeth Brennan, Community Development Executive Assistant

Demolition and construction are underway on the new Aqua-Tots Swim School, located in the former Applebee’s restaurant at 750 Brown Road.


Visible from I-75 just north of Joslyn Road, the building’s south wall has been demolished and underground site work has begun.  Footings will follow in preparation for the new walls and roof for the 2,700 sq. ft. addition.


Within the next few months, the building will be closed up and work will move inside on the interior renovation. Project completion is expected in early June.

Auburn Hills 2016 Developments Exceed $170 Million

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, Assistant City Planner

For those who drive through Auburn Hills on a regular basis, they more than likely have noticed an increase in the number of bulldozers, cranes and construction crews working on a number of sites scattered throughout the City.  This year the Auburn Hills City Council approved an estimated $170,305,000.00 worth of new developments, redevelopments and business expansions.  The 22 projects include an assortment of residential, commercial and industrial developments.

Two projects that receive the most public interest are the H.U.B. (Home of Urban Bowling) that will be moving into the old Big Buck Brewery and the Auburn Hills Marketplace shopping center that will include Starbucks as its anchor store.


Two new senior housing developments Villa Montclair (88 detached single-family homes) and Blossom Park (160 unit senior living center) will help fulfill the goal of the City’s Age Friendly initiative by providing a more diverse housing stock for the City’s growing senior population.


Villa Montclair Clubhouse

The City continues to attract new businesses of all sizes from Renishaw’s new 20,070 square foot technology and research facility to Martinrea’s new 108,200 square foot technology and research facility.


Martinrea Ground Breaking Ceremony

Last but not least the City is excited to see construction activities taking place at Dutton Corporate Center located at the southeast corner of Lapper Road and Dutton Road, with the construction of the new Summit Place Kia of Auburn Hills automobile dealership.


Rendering of New Kia Dealership

We look forward to what 2017 has to bring.

Michigan’s First ‘Round 1 Bowling and Amusement Center’ Coming In Y2017

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

Exciting news!   Round 1 Bowling and Amusement is coming to Great Lakes Crossing Outlets.  It is anticipated to open in Fall 2017.

This will be the attraction’s first Michigan location and will offer bowling, dining, karaoke, billiards, darts, ping-pong and arcade games, including some exclusive Japanese video games.

This will be the attraction’s first Michigan location and will offer bowling, dining, karaoke, billiards, darts, ping-pong and arcade games, including some exclusive Japanese video games.

Round 1 will occupy the former 59,071 square foot Sports Authority space in District 5.

Round 1 will occupy the former 59,071 square foot Sports Authority space in District 5.

Round 1 is expected to strengthen Great Lakes Crossing Outlets’ position in the marketplace as a one-stop-shop fun and entertainment destination – joining SEA LIFE Michigan Aquarium, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Michigan, and the AMC Star Great Lakes theater megaplex.

Stay tuned for further updates.