Property On Harmon Road To Be Prepared For Development

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

A development application has been submitted by JB Donaldson Company to the City of Auburn Hills for mass grading and tree removal permit approval.  The company wishes to prepare a useable industrial building pad on a 10.49-acre site that is located at the northeast corner of Pinnacle Court and Harmon Road.

Aerial photo of the site

The company anticipates starting the land balancing project upon City approval and completing the operation by the end of September.  It is estimated that 36,000 cubic yards of material will be moved on-site.  They do not anticipate the need to bring off-site fill to the property to level the site.

JB Donaldson Company has constructed several buildings in Auburn Hills over the years, with the most recent being the Kia Dealership in the Dutton Corporate Centre.  They are currently building a 14,350 square foot corporate headquarters and technical center for Matrix Engineered Systems at 1850 Taylor Road and a 125,000 square foot corporate office and technical center for Esys Automation at 1000 Brown Road.

Those interested in learning more about this proposal are encouraged to attend the Planning Commission meeting scheduled for tonight, Wednesday, July 11th at 7:00 p.m., in the Council Chamber at City Hall.  A final decision on the application is anticipated by the City Council on Monday, July 23rd.

Avondale Students Assess the Health Of The Clinton River

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

Just before the end of the school year, over 300 students and teachers from Avondale High School met with mentors from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles and the City of Auburn Hills at Riverside Park to assess the condition of the Clinton River.

The students conducted a variety of activities such as recording the type and number of organisms found in the river, conducting chemical assessments of the water, measuring the width, depth, and velocity of the river, and evaluating the condition of the river bank.

Avondale High School has been monitoring the health of the river for more than a decade through the Clinton River Watershed Council’s Stream Leaders Program.  The final results of all the data and information collected by the students this year indicate that the segment of the Clinton River flowing through Downtown Auburn Hills is in good condition.

For more information on how you can protect water quality, please visit

To learn more about the Clinton River Water Council’s Stream Leaders Program, please visit

10th Annual BBQ Cook-Off Championship

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The City of Auburn Hills held its 10th Annual State Championship Barbecue Cook-Off on June 22nd and 23rd.  The cook-off, which was part of Auburn Hills Summerfest, was sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbeque Society.  Thirty teams competed in this year’s cook-off that included one team from Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, four teams from Ohio and one team from Georgia.  Each team competed in four categories; chicken, pork ribs, pork and brisket for the chance win the coveted Grand Championship title.

Congratulations to this year’s Grand Champion’s iBQ’, from Rockford, Michigan. They will get a chance to participate in two of the largest invitational BBQ contests in the world, the American Royal, in Kansas City, and the Jack Daniel’s World Championship BBQ Invitational, in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Grand Champion

Auburn Hills Barbecue Cook-Off Contest Results (Top 5)

Overall Rankings

  1. iBQ’ (Grand Champion)
  2. Bavarian Smoke BBQ (Reserve Champion)
  4. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ
  5. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ

1st Place Chicken


  1. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
  2. Bo-B-Q BBQ
  4. .40 Caliber BBQ
  5. Sweet Racks and Smokin’ Butts BBQ

First Place Pork Ribs

Pork Ribs

  1. Bavarian Smoke BBQ
  2. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ
  3. Bad Wolf BBQ
  4. iBQ’
  5. .40 Caliber BBQ

1st Place Pork


  1. iBQ’
  3. Bad Habit BBQ
  4. PB & J’s BBQ
  5. Rubbed, Smoked and Sauced BBQ

1st Place Brisket


  1. J & B’s BBQ
  2. Two Crackers Q-ing
  3. iBQ’
  4. Spittin’ Feathers BBQ
  5. Aww Hell

For more information about the Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) or how to become a certified BBQ Judge, please visit KCBS website at

A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO THE FOLLOWING SPONSORS AND SUPPORTERS – Sonesta ES Suites, DTE Energy, Meijer, Duffy’s Pub, Family Table, Dimitri’s Opa Restaurant, Genisys Credit Union, Noon Optimist Club, Auburn Hills DDA, Power Home Remodeling, Night Nature Alliance, Go Ape!, The River Church, Rainbow Childcare Center and Little Caesars.

First & Main Officially Welcomed to Auburn Hills

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

Last night, we celebrated the grand opening of First & Main.  This assisted living and memory care facility is the perfect complement to our community.  In addition to being beautifully designed, First & Main gives residents the care and respect they need and deserve.

The grand opening celebration was held in First & Main’s “City Hall” meeting room

About six years ago, Auburn Hills began engaging in Age-Friendly planning initiatives.  As part of the age-friendly planning process, one of the areas of focus was housing. We worked with developers and builders to ensure that as people age, finding suitable housing in Auburn Hills would not be a difficult task.

Left to right – First & Main Chairman & CEO, Gary Granger with Executive Director, Deborah Skotak and Cheryl Verbeke, Auburn Hills City Council member

First and Main fulfills this area of focus in our community.  The facility is designed to bridge the gap between independent living and nursing homes.  First & Main’s unique design captures the energy and convenience of a town center, with places to eat, shop, and enjoy life with friends.

Raising the Flag at the Grand Opening celebration

We toured the facility and met some of the residents who already call First & Main home.  We wish First & Main much success in the years to come!

City Council Takes Action On Development Proposals

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to report that last night the City Council approved the following development applications:

Oakland Technology Park – I-75 Signs:  Request by General Development Company to allow the installation of three new monument signs along I-75 adjacent to the Oakland Technology Park.  The first of the three new signs will be installed by Hirotec America later this summer.

Rendering of how the massing and spacing of the signs will look along I-75 from a driver’s perspective

Rochester Soccer Club Rezoning:  Request by the Rochester Soccer Club (RSC) to rezone their 29.4 acre property located at 3200 Dutton Road from R-1A, One-Family Residential District to T&R, Technology and Research District.  The rezoning will provide the club with options when making a decision in the future to either expand their existing soccer complex or move their operations to a new location.

Aerial photo showing the location of the RSC property

Plans Withdrawn For Concrete Crushing Operation At 415 Collier

Posted by – Steve Cohen, Director of Community Development

We wish to update the general public that Bedient Construction has withdrawn their request for approval to operate a concrete and aggregate crushing/recycling facility at 415 Collier Road.  Thus, the project will not move forward.

The proposal failed to obtain a recommendation to the City Council for approval from the Planning Commission on June 13th.

Property viewed from Collier Road

River Day: Fishing + Family = Fun!

Posted by – Shawn Keenan, City Planner

The fish were biting last Saturday, during the 15th Annual Auburn Hills Fishing Derby.  Sixty-seven kids (and their parents) braved the unseasonably chilly temperatures for a chance to catch one of the 850 rainbow trout that were released into the Clinton River at Riverside Park.

Volunteers from Vanguard Trout Unlimited assisted participants with fishing gear and helped unhook fish, which was helpful with many kids landing more than one fish that morning. One of the main reasons so many kids caught a trout that day was due in large part to the generous donations made by Detroit Metro Steelheaders, Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited and General Towing.  Their donation enabled the City almost to double the amount of trout released for the event.

While not every kid was fortunate enough to catch a trout, everyone walked away with a raffle prize. Prizes included tackle boxes, fishing nets, hats, Uncle Buck’s cheese curls and over 60 slightly used rod and reel combos donated by Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World.

If you missed the derby, there are still plenty of fish and time to test your fishing skills in downtown Auburn Hills Riverside Park or River Woods Park – both located along the banks of the Clinton River.

For those interested in becoming more involved in increasing and/or promoting the fishing opportunities in the area, please visit:

Detroit Area Steelheaders 

Clinton Valley Trout Unlimited

Vanguard Trout Unlimited

For information on what action you can take to protect our water resources and our resident trout population, please visit or

A special thank you to all our Fishing Derby sponsors and supporters.